ABU DHABI, Jan 17: President Asif Ali Zardari has stressed the need for developing a global partnership on renewable energy, particularly solar and wind resources involving public and private sectors, to ensure availability of affordable energy to the common man.
Addressing the opening session of a four-day World Future Energy Summit here on Monday, the president said that production of energy and its availability had become a driving force of economics and the ever increasing demand was sustained by greater use of alternative energy resources.
He said the UAE had demonstrated to the world that trade and commerce, innovation and invention, ideas and enterprise could make a desert bloom.
He said that attempts were made in the past to produce cleaner bio-fuel, but its cost sometimes was more than the energy it would in turn produce. The intent was positive even if the direction turned out to be wrong.
About the challenges faced by Pakistan, the president said the country had 180 million people. “Our demographics are the driving force of our needs. Pakistan’s economy needs to grow at an annual rate of eight per cent just to guarantee that our people are able to sustain their current standard of living.” Pakistan’s energy demands, he said, would have to be met urgently. The country’s current energy capacity of 20,000MW would have to double within a decade to meet economic targets.
People have been harnessing the power from the wind to generate some type of energy for years. First we utilized it to energy our sailing ships, then we utilized it for pumping water for crops and turning wheels to grind grain. Now we’re using the power of wind to create electric energy and there’s been little change in the design of a windmill more than all these eons of time.
By simply converting the sun’s energy into usable electricity, which is then stored in the system’s batteries ,solar power panels work. A “charger regulator”, which is found between the panel and battery, ensures that the battery does not over-charge and protects the battery from draining excessively.
Proper environmental management is the key to avoiding the quarter of all preventable illnesses which are directly caused by environmental factors. The environment influences our health in many ways — through exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors, and through related changes in our behaviour in response to those factors.
Thirteen million deaths annually are due to preventable environmental causes. Preventing environmental risk could save as many as four million lives a year, in children alone, mostly in developing countries.
In the past decade, it has been called everything from the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind” to the “greatest challenge to face man”. There have been conventions, coalitions, and conferences held in its name. Hundreds of politicians have discussed, debated and even come to agree on possible solutions armed with which we might stand and face its impending challenge. Thousands of scientists have released studies, statements, and reports documenting its harmful and possibly even apocalyptic consequences for all of the world’s biodiversity. Millions of people have individually altered their own lifestyles and together they have walked and run and biked in fierce protest. The issue at hand is climate change, and it has literally and figuratively taken every corner of our world by storm. People are increasingly aware that this environmental threat could be the defining issue of our time.