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Amidst escalating concerns over climate change and the imperative for sustainable development, experts are rallying for targeted policy interventions to unleash Pakistan’s renewable energy potential. A recent study, “Facilitating Green Loans for Sustainable Energy Transition,” conducted by the Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) in collaboration with Agora Energiewende, sheds light on the critical need for financing mechanisms to propel the country towards a greener future.

Financing Limitations and Urgent Measures:

The study underscores the existing financing constraints hindering renewable energy projects in Pakistan. Despite the availability of green lending options, inconsistent access poses a significant challenge. Experts emphasize the urgency for the government and financial institutions to devise concrete strategies to bridge this delivery gap and facilitate green energy initiatives effectively.

Banking Sector Reluctance and Climate Imperatives:

Despite Pakistan ranking among the top ten nations affected by climate change, the banking sector’s reluctance to engage in green product financing remains a notable concern. The study highlights the pressing need for priority lending and financing of green energy projects to align with national targets, including generating 60% of energy from renewable sources and transitioning 30% of vehicles to electric engines by 2030.

Expert Insights and Recommendations:

A diverse array of experts, spanning academia, industry, and policymaking spheres, convened to address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities in renewable energy financing. Naila Saleh of Agora Energiewende and Rimsha Rehan of PRIED stressed the pivotal role of green loans in advancing technologies like solar and wind power. Senator Seemi Ezdi underscored the urgency of a just transition to sustainable transportation, particularly Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Academic and Industry Perspectives:

Experts from various universities and institutions emphasized the importance of incentives, smoother financing options, market flexibility, and in-house indigenization for cost-effective green solutions. Arslan Iqbal of the Bank of Punjab advocated for positive incentives and tax credits to spur green financing, while industry leaders like Ahsan Gaylani (UNIDO) and Rashid Azim addressed banking restrictions and taxation challenges.

Renewable energy:

As the dialogue on renewable energy financing gains momentum, stakeholders from diverse backgrounds converge on a common goal: to accelerate Pakistan’s transition to sustainable energy sources. With concerted efforts, innovative financing mechanisms, and collaborative partnerships, the nation can chart a path towards a greener, more resilient future, ensuring prosperity for generations to come.

Abu Bakr Alvi
Abu Bakr Alvi
Mr. Abu Bakr Alvi, Senior Journalist Based in Faisalabad

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