Pakistan on Thursday assured the international community that by 2030 it will switch to 60% clean energy and 30% electric vehicles.
Speaking at the Summit in Washington, Malik Amin Aslam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Climate Change, called on developed countries to fulfill their commitments and help others move from carbon to clean energy.
The minister added that the world now needs to do more to finance the climate actions of those countries which are in transition. Malik asked the developed countries to owner “the $ 100 billion a year commitment” for climate change.
The two-day virtual summit, which began on Earth Day, was attended by leaders from 40 countries with pledges from world’s largest carbon emission countries including the United States, China, India and Russia.
President Biden, who hosted the summit, pledged to cut his USA’s carbon emissions by 50-52% from 2005 level.
Japanese Prime Minister also pledge to raise the country’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 26 to 46 percent by 2030.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said China expects carbon emissions to peak by 2030 and zero emissions by 2060.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States for the ongoing climate crisis and proposed to offer preferential incentives for foreign investment in clean energy projects.
Malik Aslam noted that Pakistan accounts for less than 1 percent of global emissions, while it is in the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate change, and said that “Pakistan is indeed at the forefront of this climate disaster.”
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