UNDP and NEECA in collaboration with ECOSF co-organized a consultative workshop on ‘Scaling Up Electric Mobility in Pakistan’

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United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA) in collaboration with ECOSF organized a consultative workshop on ‘Scaling Up Electric Mobility in Pakistan’ on July 29, 2021. The core objective of this meeting was to provide critical insights into the future of mobility and global trends in the electric mobility space, and what Pakistan needs to do to effectively develop the local eMobility market. The primary audience in this meeting were political leaders, policy makers at the government entities/ministries and industrial players.

Mr. Hamad Azhar, the Federal Minister for Energy of Pakistan was the chief guest at the event. Mr. Hammad Azhar said that Government is fully supportive to bring down the emissions and improve efficiency in the road transport sector. To achieve these goals, Government has recently introduced the policy for electric vehicles and provided many incentives in terms of reduced customs and sales tax to improve the economics of EVs in Pakistan. He emphasized over the immediate need for establishing the regulatory framework to streamline the development of EV charging stations across the country. He urged the NEECA and other relevant entities to expedite work on regulation, standardization and licensing policy for development of charging infrastructure.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Aliona Niculita, said that transport and energy were priority sectors for UNDP. She hoped that wide scale adoption of electric mobility would help Pakistan in achieving its climate goals. She assured that UNDP would provide full cooperation to the government in this regard.

Dr. Sardar Mohazzam, the Managing Director - NEECA in his remarks gave an outline and objectives of the meeting. Dr. Mohazzam said that role of NEECA remains central in improving energy efficiency in the road transport sector with accelerated adoption of electric vehicles in the country. He said the findings of this work would be critical to enable evidence and information based policy decision making to help promote the accelerated transition towards eMobility in the country.

Earlier Engr. Khalil Raza, Scientific Officer of ECOSF who has been assisting the UNDP and NEECA as the lead technical expert on Electric Mobility presented the findings or outcomes of the study undertaken by the ECOSF with key stakeholders during the meeting.

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