ISLAMABAD: Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid on Tuesday said that he had told the Conference of Parties (CoPs) on climate change that Pakistan’s emissions were expected to increase from 405 million tons of carbon released a year to 1, 603 million tons by 2030.
He was talking to media persons after his return from Marrakech, Morocco, where he participated in the conference held earlier this month.
The conference is highest decision making body under the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
At the UNFCCC, one of the biggest global events on climate change held last year in November, most developed and developing countries such as China committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 60pc, Japan 26pc, Turkey 21pc, Thailand nearly 25pc and Bangladesh 5pc.
The USA ensured to cut emissions by 26 to 28pc and bring them as low as emissions were in 2005. The European Union was the most serious block to reduce Green House Gasses (GHG) by cutting their emissions at least 40pc by 2030 and bring them to as low as they were in the 1990s.
Minister for climate change said he had explained to the conference due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a lot of constructions would take place which would ultimately increase the emissions.
Zahid Hamid said that he had pleaded with the international community that Pakistan could reduce its increasing carbon footprints by 20pc if developed countries assist financially.
“Pakistan needs up to $14 billion annually to adapt to climate change impacts. Our mitigation needs, as explained in our intended nationally determined contributions (INDC), are much higher,” the minister explained.
Zahid Hamid said he had requested the developed world to ensure climate funding, technology transfer and capacity building in the developing world, especially Pakistan, which was among the top ten countries in the world which were vulnerable to impacts of global warming.
“At the conference, we explained to the international community that Pakistan’s contributions to global warming are less than one percent. It is the responsibility of the develop world, which caused global warming, to help developing countries adapt to changing global weather,” said Zahid Hamid.
The minister maintained that global warming posed major threat to Pakistan as far as the country’s food, water and energy security were concerned.
“The global warming also has adverse consequences for all socio-economic sectors, impeding sustainable growth and development and prosperity of our people,” said the minister.
courtesy : dawn news