On December 23, 2015, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung Pakistan (hbs), launched the policy paper “Mapping the Growth of Pakistan’s Wind Energy Market: Lessons Learned and Policy Solutions"
Both partners started the endeavor in 2013 to analyze main barriers on the way to enable an energy sufficient country, based on interviews of key players involved in Pakistan’s wind energy market. In 2013 and 2014 two policy papers were published and two international conferences for the promotion of wind energy in Pakistan organized.
“The update of our analysis of the Pakistani wind market comes exactly at the right time: Four weeks ago in Paris, all governments of the world have basically agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the middle of this century and to go for a 100 % renewable energy future – as the new normal. With our new report, we want to assist the government of Pakistan to take the right decision for a prosperous country which obtains all its energy by harvesting the abundance of renewable resources, for the benefit of the people of Pakistan.” (Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General)
“Pakistan today is not only placed among the top 8 countries most hit by climate change impacts but is also faced with huge energy security challenges which has an impact on its economic growth capacity. This situation is an opportunity for Pakistan to make choices which fix the country’s energy problems sustainably and with a view on protecting nature and future generations. Therefore, all relevant stakeholders from public and private sector in Pakistan - but also from academia, civil society and the general public - need to become aware about alternative energy options that present affordable, sustainable and climate just solutions for their future “. (Marion Regina Mueller, Country Director hbs Pakistan)
About the Publication: A third policy paper in the series, published in December 2015, discusses, in detail, wind market growth in Pakistan and the barriers that have been hampering the growth. The good news is that Pakistan has now become a real wind energy market, although still rather small. Some of the previous problems have been tackled, but there is still some work which needs to be accomplished. According to the interviewed investors, this is the case in particular with regard to grid infrastructure, inconsistency in government policies and operational inefficiency. Responses from public sector officials remain divided: While there is an increasing awareness of the benefits and low cost of renewable energy, some important units still don’t have the required level of information. Government of Pakistan may support market growth through mobilizing financial resources, especially through the Green Climate Fund, and by addressing capacity building needs in particular in the public sector.
For further details policy paper can be downloaded here Mapping the Growth of Pakistans Wind Energy Market Lessons Learned and Policy Solution.