Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change
Islamabad : Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change was held here at Parliament House with Senator Seemee Ezdi in Chair.
The meeting commenced with deliberation on the Public Petition regarding the “Green Building Initiative”. Musaddiq Ahmed Khan, Additional Secretary for Ministry of Climate Change, briefed the committee that Green Building concept is designed to built, maintain and reuse with an objective to protect occupant health and Green Buildings code,which is being formulated by ministry of climate change in consultation with provinces, aimed to create awareness on sustainable green buildings and reduce impacts of global warming and urban heat, which will be completed within a month. He further apprised that urban agglomeration consumes approximately 80 pc of global energy out of which 40 pc accounts for buildings. He further added that the new code will meet the sustainable development goals pertaining to human settlements, production patterns and action to combat climate change impacts. The Chairman committee emphasized to take concrete steps for disposal of waste products and should be made integral part of Green Buildings Code. Senator Seemee Ezdi stressed that the need for energy conservation in the larger interest of the country and recommended the example of Parliament House in terms of energy conservation shall be followed in every Government office.
The Senate Committee was also apprised by ministry on the “International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan”, co-hosted by Government of Pakistan and United Nations. Additional Secretary for Ministry of Climate Change informed that primary aim of this confernce is to aware the international community on the recent flood devastation in Pakistan and to pledge support for rehabilitation of the effected areas. It was further informed that 33 ml people were effected and 8 ml displaced with a loss of 15.23 bl dollars to the country’s economy. The Chairman Committee applauded the ministry for their efforts in bringing the international community together to combat this global dilemma striving to ensure the normalcy of affected people.
The meeting was attended by Senator Keshoo Bai, Senator Farooq Hamid Naek, Senator Khalida Ateeb,Senator Taj Haider, Additional Secretary for Ministry of Climate Change Musaddiq Ahmed Khan,Senior Joint Secretary for Ministry of Climate Change Muhammad Farooq, Director General for Pakistan Environment Protection Agency Farzana Altaf Shah and other relevant officers were also in attendance.