Islamabad, 9 November 2021 (TDI): Reuters interviewed President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi on Pakistan’s new status of being the world’s ‘First Green Presidency’. President Dr. Arif Alvi told Reuters that it’s the first-ever presidency in the world which is running on green energy.

 

President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi giving interview to the Reuters

He added that it is internationally certified by having an ISO 50001 EnMS Certification. In the interview, the President revealed that he himself was unaware of the fact that this is the world’s first presidency running on green energy.

Pakistan is one of the most affected countries by climate change and Global Warming. Considering high-risk Pakistan is facing, the country has decided to work rigorously on it. The PTI government has put forth efforts to make Pakistan green again. One of the largest green initiatives the current government has successfully implemented is the Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project (BTTAP).

Green Presidency Initiative has contributed to the plantation drive in Pakistan. Almost 10,000 new trees are planted in the Aiwan-e-Saddar and the area in its surroundings. Furthermore, Green Presidency Initiative will also help the government to cut down the energy cost by saving 72.5 million annually. This initiative is also implementing advanced solid waste management and an annual decrease in Co2 emissions.

Significance

The initiative has a great potential to cut the expenses spent on energy and can help the government of Pakistan to save around 72.5 million annually. The initiative is not just aimed to cut the energy cost but to also revert to practices of clean energy usage and consumption. The initiative also actively aims to implement advanced solid waste managementt at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Karachi.

The benefits this initiative will reap include an annual decrease in Co2 emissions. The project took a duration of 7 months to be completed. The project has enabled Aiwan-e-Sadr to run solely on an in-house Green Energy system and subsequently achieve Net-Zero building status.

In the event, he discussed various environment-related predicaments that society faces. The President of Pakistan during the inauguration of the ‘green presidency initiative’ earlier, discouraged the habits of flood irrigation in agriculture and wastage of food. The initiative is also aims to establish Miyawaki forest. The establishment of the Miyawaki forest is under process and upon its successful completion would help in reaping a multitude of benefits.

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