Alternative And Renewable Energy Policy 2019 An Overview
Author: Muhammad Asfand Yar

It is evident that Pakistan has an energy dearth status which has adverse effects on economic growth. Pakistan’s energy mix shows that the country has heavy dependence on imported fossil fuels and the national share of renewable energy resources up to 2.4% which is very negligible. Pakistan has formulated a number of policies for power and renewable energy, mainly addressing the power crisis of country. The emerging global trend towards renewables and the prevailing slowdown of economic activity demanded new policy based on emerging international standards and obligations. To effectively cover the energy, economy and environmental challenges the Government of Pakistan formulated the ‘Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy 2019’ to enhance the renewable deployment, promising to ensure affordable and clean energy across all regions of Pakistan. The policy has recently passed from Council of Common Interest (CCI) and its operation and implementation phase invites analysis and evaluations to spot untapped areas and assess unidentified measures with more rationality. This study offers an overview of the policy based on the discourse analysis. The research methodology of our study is based on Hajer (2006) framework analysis and text mining of renewable energy policies of South Asian countries. In our study, we focused on three main pillars of public policy while exploring the policy discourse. These core areas are policy framework, institutional framework and implementation framework. After conducting in-depth interviews with the experts of renewable energy sector, this study identifies that there still exists certain loopholes, shortcomings and implementation hurdles in the policy. The infrastructural and technological barriers along with absence of reliable renewable resource data and unskilled workforce are major impediments as per findings of this study. By the use of text mining tools lexical dispersion and word cloud in this study, we compare the renewable energy policies of SAARC region. Every policy has some bright and some grey areas which is discussed in the analysis chapter of this study. The study recommends that there is need of time to exchange the new renewable technologies based on innovative experience, designing of mechanism to enhance the local entrepreneurships among SAARC countries. Supervisor:- Dr Iftikhar Ahmad

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Supervisor: Iftikhar Ahmad

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