The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) organized a workshop on Thursday, 13th April, 2017 to collect feedback from stakeholders on biomass policy. Recognizing the need for tapping all possible energy sources available to Pakistan, especially renewable sources such as biomass, UNIDO is implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project titled, “Promoting Sustainable Energy Production & Use from Biomass in Pakistan.”
The project aims to promote market-based adoption of modern biomass technologies for industrial and rural energy applications, focusing on the introduction of biomass gasification technology. UNIDO is providing technical assistance for the development of concrete policy recommendations for policies and regulations relevant to the promotion of modern biomass technologies for both existing and future policy regimes with emphasis on utilization of biomass energy in industries. Looking at international practices, UNIDO Pakistan’s technical team developed documents including recommendations to existing policies and regulations for better promotion of biomass, recommendations for the management and pricing of biomass resource, and technical quality standards for biomass gasifier manufacturing and import.
The consultative stakeholder workshop was attended by over 70 representatives from AEDB, NEPRA, Provincial Energy Departments, private sector, academia and several other stakeholders. The workshop provided an opportunity for those present to provide feedback on the prepared documents before submitting it to AEDB for implementation.
The event was chaired by Mr. Amjad Ali Awan, Chief Executive Officer of AEDB, who said that such events are important opportunities for sharing of knowledge, experiences and expertise to influence the policy making process. He highlighted the importance of biomass energy technologies both as a means to address the energy challenges in the country, and as an important opportunity to save fuel and diversify its energy mix to include clean indigenous energy sources.