National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Policy on the anvil

Engineering Post Report

National  Energy Efficiency and Conservation Policy is on the anvil  for  taking measures to preserve, avoid wastage and ensure maximum steps for developing alternative and renewable energy  resources in the shortest possible time.

The policy draft, as and when it is finalized, is expected to be presented before  the federal cabinet for its consideration and  approval.

The federal government is also contemplating undertaking restructuring and capacity building of the National  Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA)  and the prime minister has constituted an inter-ministerial committee  for recommending important reforms in NEECA for making it an effective body and improving its performance.

Pakistan has the potential to save  up to 10-15 per cent (10-12 MTOE) of primary energy supply  through energy efficiency and conservation. For achieving this goal, NEECA had formulated and developed  NEECA Strategic Plan 2020-23  for implementation in three phases, as already reported by Engineering Post in  August 2022.

According to the information, the prime minister was unhappy over the poor performance of NEECA  while chairing a meeting recently held to review  implementation of the Energy Conservation Plan. As per direction of the prime minister, strength of the NEECA is to be enhanced by induction of  experts in the concerned fields for working devising a strategy  for energy savings in the sectors of construction, industry, communications, ower and agriculture.

Briefly speaking, National Energy Conservation (ENERCON)  was established way back in 1985  as a USAID project, it became an autonomous body in 1986. In 2016, ENERCON was transformed into National Energy and Conservation Authority (NEECA).