‘SNGPL works on renewable energy’
Islamabad: Syma Nadeem, Parliamentary Secretary and Head of SDG-7, Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, said that a bill regarding a comprehensive renewable energy policy will soon be tabled in the National Assembly.
Syma was addressing a webinar on “The Role of Women in Energy and Climate Discussions in Pakistan” hosted here by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute. Syma said Pakistan is well aware of the value of switching to renewable energy resources in line with standards set by the United Nations, and the government is using solar, wind and hydroelectric sources to meet the country’s agricultural and domestic needs. Moreover, she added, the growing demand for electricity forces us to switch 30% to renewable energy by 2030.
Roohi Raees Khan, Chairman of the Board of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, opined that the country needed energy, food, social and national security. On the energy front, we need a well-defined and coherent policy, which is unfortunately lacking today. Women are not considered in many political circles, she complained.
The gas reserves in Pakistan are running out and no further exploration has taken place, and that is why we have imported energy at a very high cost which the Treasury does not allow due to low foreign exchange reserves. She observed that SNGPL is itself in search of green energy and is looking for alternatives like solar power and biogas. She lamented that people don’t know much about energy conservation.
She said gas worth Rs 6 billion could be saved by adopting proper strategy and overcoming line losses, adding that by the end of 2022, we will be able to counter gas leaks. gas after scanning the system. She revealed that SNGPL is also considering producing gas from biofuel as an alternative source.
Hira Wajahat, country manager for Climate Launchpad, said that careers in these fields have traditionally been male-dominated, but since 2017 women have been filling many strategic positions, showing that the old mindset is breaking down. changing. Young people are much more excited about this change where the female co-founder pitches in new startups, she said adding that in technology and entrepreneurship nearly 50% of programs are led by women.
In response to a question, she said that in all fields and departments, women should be given additional levies, equal representation and a safe working environment. She stressed that taxes on technology transfer should not harm our efforts to put the country on the path to renewable energy.
Nameerah Hameed, founder of Women in Energy, Pakistan, said there are now 32% women working in the energy sector. Young female graduates are entering and opting for careers in renewable energy fields. When it comes to the barriers that women face in these fields, she said, the perception of gender roles is a major hurdle in their path.
Maha Kamal, Co-Chair of Women in Energy, opined that the gender gap is found in all areas and the energy sector is no exception. She added that women’s bargaining power and decision-making power make them suitable for these fields. However, what is important in establishing a level playing field at the level of policies, board members and leaders is again linked to the larger issue of the gender equality gap. Criticizing the new tax on solar panels, she said it would tarnish our progress on the climate-related Sustainable Development Goals. She called on the government to be aware of the risks of such measures.