Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said 30 percent of the vehicle system in the country will be converted to electric cars by the year 2030. Addressing a news conference, he said Electrical Vehicle Policy to this effect will be devised within fifteen days under the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Advisor said this step will prove to be helpful in bringing a significant reduction in the import of oil. He said the electric vehicles will also improve the environment and help deal with the challenge of smog. He said the government is focused on making Pakistan an exporter of electric vehicles within a period of five years. The vehicle examination system is also being introduced in the transport sector to check the condition of vehicles.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has given a green signal for adopting electric cars and green economy initiatives
To a question, Malik Amin Aslam said 10 billion tree tsunami is the project of Pakistan’s bright future. He said the project is also receiving appreciation by the world’s big institutions.
Aslam said Prime Minister Imran Khan has given green signal for adopting electric cars and green economy initiatives.
The prime minister while chairing the first meeting of the Committee on Climate Change was presented a comprehensive and detailed briefing on researches made on environment-friendly impacts and economic benefits of electric cars. The Prime Minister has directed to form a policy and mechanism for adopting electric-cars within 15 days, he added.
Amin said, “There has been a trend that around 60 percent of the world countries started shifting automobiles to modern electric cars which release around 70 % fewer emissions. However, countries like China and India among others have set targets for 2030. Therefore, the prime minister has been apprised to devise a mechanism for setting up targets and policy-making to adopt electric cars.”
The adviser said mentioning the benefits of the project.
“There are four major benefits of electric cars: the import of oil will be reduced and the country will be able to save US$2 billion in terms of oil expenses, eco-friendly technology to reduce vehicular emissions to a reasonable level, opportunity to become electric car exporter like China which is a leader in this market, it can help generate green economy,”
Lithium Ion batteries are another potential component in green energy solution which is getting cheaper day by day and has become a useful technology applied in electric cars.
“We are working to introduce Lithium Ion batteries in the market and will start manufacturing it where the existing battery producers could easily chip in this technology. The CNG stations will be transformed into E-car charging stations,” he added.
The committee meeting was a high profile session where chief ministers of all the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, commerce, planning ministers and other stakeholders participated.
Around thirty new air quality monitoring stations will be set up across Lahore to have credible air quality data
He said ”green rickshaw” scheme has been started where various banks have been taken on board to provide subsidized the scheme. “It is a zero noise and pollution rickshaw and a completely eco-friendly, cheap source of transport. It is a step towards the twenty-first century,” he added.
The committee discussed smog issue erupted in Lahore where the World Bank’s US$ 300 million projects is mulled over and decided to be put on the ground in three months, he said, adding “Around thirty new air quality monitoring stations will be set up across Lahore to have credible air quality data.”
10 billion tree tsunami is the project of Pakistan’s bright future-Malik Amin Aslam
He said in order to mitigate smog effects we had imposed a ban on brick kilns and stubble burning where the ban would be maintained this year. However, some of the brick kilns were converted to eco-friendly zigzag technology and would be assisted to convert the rest. “Punjab biomass company has been set up which will buy stubble from farmers and sell it to paper manufacturing industries,” he told media persons.
To a question, he said academia, corporate sector, and policymakers in unison have done detailed research work where the LUMS scientists conducted two-year-long research for implementing electric cars. Amin said that the ministry is working out a monitoring system for local governments to ensure success ”clean green Pakistan” program whereas we are also looking for international financing for the project.