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August 31, 2017

Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with Pakistan: Supporting the formulation of an energy conservation strategy to fight climate change

photosigning ceremony

On August 30, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Islamabad, the capital city, for the Project for Developing Effective Phasing Out Strategy/Program of Inefficient Appliances to Support Energy Standards and Labeling Regime, a technical cooperation project.

In recent years, a serious gap has grown in Pakistan between the supply and demand for power. While the peak power demand was 24,757 megawatts in 2015, the power supply was merely 18,826 megawatts, leaving a shortfall of 24 percent. Due to this gap, some regions face long rolling blackouts, and achieving a stable supply of power is a priority.

To address the situation, the Government of Pakistan is planning to enhance the power supply through power infrastructure development such as power generation, power transmission and power distribution, and energy-conservation initiatives on the power demand-side are in full swing to reduce the amount of power consumed. In July 2016, the Government of Pakistan promulgated an energy conservation law that established a legal framework to advance and spread energy-conservation standards and an energy conservation labeling system.*

The project will support efforts to create and manage a system to promote energy conservation throughout Pakistan by making energy-conservation standards and labeling obligatory and through promotional activities and human resource development. Boasting a high record of success in the energy-conservation field, Japan will introduce its expertise in a manner appropriate to Pakistan with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of consumer electronics and other products while contributing to a reduction in the gap between the power supply and demand in Pakistan.

Through the appropriate implementation of energy-conservation projects, including this project and those being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank, it is estimated that up to 4,500 megawatts of energy can be reduced from the peak power demand in Pakistan. It is expected that this will improve the gap between the power supply and demand in Pakistan while curbing the emission of greenhouse gases caused by thermal power production, which accounts for about 70 percent of the power supply.

* A system and regulations for the management of energy-conservation standards and labeling of consumer electronics and other products

[Basic project information]
Country Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Project title The Project for Developing Effective Phasing Out Strategy/Program of Inefficient Appliances to Support Energy Standards and Labeling Regime
Planned implementation period October 2017 to September 2020
Executing agency National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Target region, facilities Islamabad, Lahore, other
Specific project details (provisional) With the aim of making energy conservation standards and labeling obligatory, formulating an energy conservation vision, strategy and action plan

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