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How Shafi Green Energy Initiative is Helping the Environment

The debate about ‘green energy’ has now concluded and almost every country on the planet has understood the value of it. Green energy can bring the sustainability that we need to restore our planet and the damage that we have done in the name of ‘growth’ and ‘progress’. It is high time to follow and adopt the green initiative on national levels as the scientists are predicting a major collapse of our natural ecosystem if we don’t take the steps in the right direction.

What is Green Energy?

Green energy is a kind of energy that is generated from natural resources (sunlight, wind, and water) that do not harm the environment. No amount of greenhouse gases are generated from these resources into the atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases that are commonly released or available in earth’s atmosphere include water vapor (H. 2O), carbon dioxide (CO 2), methane (CH. 4), nitrous oxide (N. 2O), and ozone (O3), and these gases are causing the increase in earth’s overall temperature that is causing global warming – which further contributes to the rapid melting of ice and rise in oceans causing more highly damaging hurricanes.

Economic Aspect of Pakistan’s Current Environment Conditions

Climate change throughout Pakistan is anticipated to affect various aspects of the environment including the national economy. Due to on-going climate changes, Pakistan’s climate has become volatile over the past several decades; unfortunately, this trend is expected to continue.

In addition to increased heat, drought, and extreme weather conditions, the melting of glaciers in the Himalayas threatens the water supply in Pakistan. In the past fifteen years, Pakistan has been named one of the countries most affected by climate change.

Pakistan’s huge industrial sectors, such as fisheries and agriculture, which account for more than ¼ of economic output and ⅖ of employment in Pakistan, are dependent on the country’s natural resources. This is the reason why there’s a mega demand for scarce natural resources to sustain economic growth.

It is surely ironic to learn that what the country depends on for its growth is also what threatens the country’s future sustainability and success. According to the World Bank, 70% of Pakistan’s population lives in rural areas and is already affected by high levels of poverty. They depend on natural resources to provide income and tend to overuse these resources.

Why is Energy Sustainability Importance in Pakistan?

Pakistan currently ranks 7th in terms of climate change vulnerability, a jump of 13 places since last year. German watch also placed Pakistan as the most affected country for 2010 by climatic changes.

Climate changes are costing 10 percent of the GDP, an annual figure of $14 billion. The Asian Development Bank estimates about ten million Pakistanis have had to relocate due to climate change and natural disasters.

Pakistan’s economy has been damaged by staggering floods that repeatedly devastate the nation. Pakistan has been hit by floods annually in the past ten years.

“In 2018, the total rain recorded in Sindh province during monsoon season was just 1 millimeter (0.039 inches). But in 2019, it was 323 millimeters (12.7 inches), and so far this year we have seen rainfall totaling 450-500 millimeters,” climate expert Jawad Memon told DW.

In the past 2 years, the average temperature of the Arabian sea has increased to 31 degrees Celcius from 29 degrees Celsius in only the last 2 years, according to memon.

This has further escalated the situation by causing troubles for coastal area residents. “The Indus River delta has been badly affected by sea intrusion that harms people’s livelihoods,” he said further.

These are the words coming from the climate expert in Pakistan and there are still not enough initiatives in the country. This makes us aware of the current situation where we stand in terms of climate instability.

Pakistan is situated in the southern Asia region, as it contributes approximately 2.56% of the world’s population. Due to its strategic location, the country is expected to serve as an international trade and energy corridor soon. Hence, among other social, economic, and political factors,

Pakistan needs to ensure that its energy supply meets the country’s direct and indirect needs not only for maintaining economic growth but also for supporting regional and global economic initiatives. The deficit for electricity between supply and demand is increasing with time.

Electricity demand never coincides with the electricity supply, causing frequent power outages of 13–14 hours in urban areas, and 16–19 hours in rural areas.

Due to the growing concentration of industry and entrepreneurs in the US, many have moved their businesses to other countries. Short and long-term approaches including adoption and concentration on green energy initiatives are necessary to find a solution to the energy crisis.

Green Energy Initiatives by Shafi Gluco

Shafi industries have taken the necessary steps to promote green energy production and supply in Pakistan. The Shafi group has joined hands with Orient Energy Pakistan, Sun Power USA, and SMA Germany to launch one of the biggest industrial solar power projects in Pakistan.

Shafi Group’s initiatives include:

  • Solar Energy
  • Water Conservation
  • Organic Farming

Benefits of Shafi Group’s Green Energy Initiatives

The environmental and economic benefits of using renewable sources include the following:

  • It does not generate harmful greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and eliminates air pollution.
  • It diversifies the supply of energy and reduces reliance on imported fuels.
  • Employment in production, installation, and more, and development of economic growth.

The renewable energy industry is more labor-intensive compared with fossil fuel technologies, which are usually mechanized and capital intensive. Human effort is required to set up and maintain the solar panels and wind turbines.

This means that for each unit of electricity generated from renewable energy, on average, more jobs will be produced in Pakistan than from fossil fuels powered energy.

In addition to saving money, switching to renewables at a personal, corporate, or government level would also help Pakistan promote a cleaner, healthier climate for the future.

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