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Pakistan urged to pursue clean energy

December 06, 2018


ISLAMABAD: A new report says Pakistan should pursue clean energy instead of relying on coal and nuclear.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said on Wednesday that coal-fired power, one of the central pillars of the country’s energy deals with China, was a costlier and dirtier alternative to wind or solar, which China was also supplying but to a lesser degree.

Simon Nichols, an energy finance analyst with the institute, claims that China is dumping its dirtier coal-fired systems on developing nations while leading the world in renewable resource systems that will find a market in developed countries as they move away from fossil fuels.

China is financing major development projects in Pakistan, which is seeking a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.

Published in Dawn, December 6th, 2018