Pakistan needs to tap local resources for long-term solutions to energy crisis
On October 1, 2018, the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy NUST hosted a National Conference on Energy Trends. Experts from academia, industry, the corporate sector and think tanks participated in this one-day national conference to exchange information and ideas on select renewables, thermal power generation, electrical power system engineering and planning, and energy policy.
The conference provided a platform to over 200 engineers and experts in the field of energy to review the latest national and China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)-related developments, opportunities and challenges in the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors and discuss future trends.
In his message announced by the Joint Secretary Power Division Usman Akhtar Bajwa, the Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan said NUST is recognized as a symbol of quality education and excellence in the fields of science and technology. The increasing energy demand across the globe makes energy availability and sustainability major issues and preparations must be made now to lessen the detrimental impacts on the region.
Speaking at the conference, Major General (Ret.) Muhammad Shahid restated his commitment to making NUST one of the top universities in the world with a research platform to boost the knowledge-based economy in Pakistan. He expressed appreciation for U.S. support to build the Center for Advanced Studies in Energy as the centers not only contribute to formulating sound energy policies for Pakistan, they also provide highly educated scientists and energy experts in renewable and power systems engineering and planning.