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Innovative solutions urged for climate change mitigation

KARACHI: Climate change has become increasingly important in recent years and requires innovative solutions to reduce its adverse impacts. Industrialized countries are primary responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and developing countries are heavily bearing the brunt of climate change.

This was stated by speakers during the annual Green Office Network Meeting 2016 organized by WWF-Pakistan. The aim of the meeting was to share Eco Innovation in Products and Technologies with the corporate sector. The event aimed at making people aware about sustainable consumption of resources and options for reducing impact on the environment through reusing, recycling and renewable energy sources.

Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General WWF-Pakistan said that eco-innovation represents a chance for companies to save costs and expand to new markets, and that implementation of resource saving eco-innovations at the company level can contribute to greater structural shifts towards sustainability. In recent years, much attention has been paid to innovation as a way for industry and policymakers to work towards more radical and systemic improvements in environmental performance. The term eco-innovation calls attention to the positive contribution that industry can make to sustainable development and a competitive economy. In the current economic crisis, green policies are being considered in several countries, and public investment in environmental technologies and other sustainability projects are a core part of their economic stimulus measures. ‘A new vision and policies are required that will enable the creation of business and job opportunities that go hand in hand with a reduction in negative environmental impacts,’ he urged. He also lauded the efforts of organizations providing innovative solutions that contribute to reducing climate change impacts. ‘Through our actions, we should leave a living, healthy Pakistan for our future generations,’ he added.

Naeem Mughal, Director General, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency said that it is high time to promote green growth and sustainable development in Pakistan. He shared that there is no planning to take advantage of different types of waste which can be utilized as a good resource of energy, as examples in other countries show. He also emphasized that there is need to promote wind and solar energy options in the country in oder to reduce pressure on conventional energy resources.

While, Imran Sabir, Deputy Director Technical, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency said that lightweight and durability, two most important properties of plastics, makes it a serious environmental hazard notably once it becomes part of our oceans. The main source of marine plastic waste includes mixed sewer overflows, tourism related litter, illegal polymer waste dumping, commercial fishing nets and ship-breaking. Most commercial plastics have thermal stabilizers, unreacted monomers, ultra-violet stabilizers, plasticizers, flame retardants, reinforcing additives and colourants which leach out into the environmental. These additives are known to have a negative effect on human and animal health. ‘Humans exposed to chemicals that release monomer upon burning from plastics may cause cancer, brain and liver diseases, birth defects, pregnancy complications, diabetes and metal poisoning’, he added.

Sessions were held by experts in which environmental friendly products and technologies were shared. Ali Habib, CEO Himaverte shed light on recycled paper, followed by Nazifa Butt, Manager Green Office WWF-Pakistan, who shared that now there are 59 Green Offices in Pakistan working with the organization to reduce their footprint and have reduced 1833 metric tons of carbon emissions in 2015-2016. Hakoon Valstad, CEO from Brighterlight talked about the provision of green energy to off grid areas. Jawad Khan from Tetra Pak Pakistan, who talked about the current recycling of used tetra pak cartons in Pakistan and products made out of them.

Source: Daily Times

Byline: Staff Report

December 2, 2016

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