Greentech to install energy efficient products in Gilgit and Ghizer valleys

Gilgit, March 30: Greentech-a subsidiary company of Industrial Promotion Services, Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development is going to launch a project in execution partnership of Building and Construction Programme (BACIP) in order to install energy efficient products and technologies for CO2 emission reduction in Gilgit and Ghizer valleys of Northern Pakistan. This was said by Asif Merchant, CEO Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan during a stakeholder consultation workshop in a local hotel at Gilgit.

He said about 86% of the households in Northern Areas are using biomass for heating and cooking purposes which results in depletion of forests. He said the project will initially focus to install stoves with water warming facility, roof hatch window, floor, roof and wall insulation products in ten thousand households in about 200 villages of Gilgit and Ghizer districts and later on to other districts of Northern Areas and Chitral. He said the project will help to control deforestation by saving household level wood consumption besides having health and economic benefits. He said the project will offer special incentives in order to encourage households to install at least three products.

Karimullah Baig Assistant Manager BACIP in his briefing said that BACIP has developed more than 60 different interventions which have increased energy efficiency and living conditions in homes of Northern Areas. He said the targeted households have saved an average of three tons of firewood per year.

The representative of IPS , Majeed Merchant said that the project is just an entry point for IPS in Northern Areas and future investments will be made in power generation and other potential areas in the region.

The stakeholders stressed the need to provide special incentives for ultra poor households to maximize the impact of the project. They also recommended for non-transactional subsidies in order to reduce dependencies of people on special incentives.

By: Zulfiqar

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  1. The organisation should concentrate to benefit the people rather to their own staffs by recruiting 10 managers to sale a single stove.

    Second i want to know about any scientic research work about the real impacts of these products!

  2. WE do appriciate the inovative idea of Aga khan Foundation, & IPS Greentech. BACIB has already done alot of works on the comfort level of traditional houses in Northrn Areas specially Hunza Vally. I personally didn’t agree with the comments endorsed by baig SAHEEB.
    The second point highlighted I personally agree that the experiment should be shared with the subject related personalities and way forward should be designed. no doubt, the IPS is woeking in these localities since long time, and definetely which of the renewable energy source is most feasible in North of Pakistan- my be identified. If we will take only the hydro power generation tramendus potential sources are available and only need to capture and utalization of them need to materialize. My humble request to MR.ASIF and his team will be only to plan the project on sustainable basis.
    I am endorsing few of the suggestions as wel:
    Before providing the insulation and other materials, the locally available material may be cassified on modren IT tools as developed by some foreign university.
    Without accessing the properties of the locally availabe covil engineering materials/main construction materials.
    These IT tools are available with the universities on donation as well as purchase basis and on different stages.
    Some of the very efficient stoves and all their design and other parameters are also avialable on energy efficient home sites. The material used in it are very common in Northrn Area.
    The two hydro projects availabe and innitiated by the local communities of Moorkhoun and Ahmadabad are available as proto type in second phase.
    Baig Moula Bardi Ali

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