Zara Salman & Emun Hafeez How Can the Private Sector Help Improve Air Quality in Pakistan

The Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) prepared a air quality landscape mapping report for Pakistan highlighting the role of the private sector in improving air quality. The report was commissioned by Air Quality Asia’s seminar on “Tracking Lahore’s Air Pollution: Transitioning to a Net Zero Business Model”. Duration: March 2023 Key Output: Report: How Can …

Michael Greenstone, Usman Naeem, Tim Dobermann, Robin Burgess, Faraz Hayat Leveraging Energy Data for Better Residential Energy Subsidy Targeting

A welfare state faces two fundamental challenges: targeting those who need support most and delivering benefits in an effective manner. In developing countries, weak data leads to poor targeting, while weak institutions lead to poor delivery. The benefits intended for the poor therefore only reach a fraction of the planned amounts. Targeting is challenging because …

Ali Habib, Usman Naeem, Michael Greenstone & Sanval Nasim Emissions Rating Programme: Environmental Impacts and Firm Behaviour

Several countries have used emissions rating programmes to incentivise industrial plants to comply with emissions standards and maintain low levels of pollution. Such programmes function by using regularly monitored emissions data from major industrial plants to rate firms from the least compliant to the most compliant. Besides making environmental performance more transparent, these programmes create …

Sanval Nasim & Ali Habib Charting Pakistan’s Air Quality Policy Landscape

Pakistan’s deteriorating air quality poses a serious challenge to it economic growth and development. Recent evidence suggests that tailored policiesespecially those that harness the power of information and transparency offer new and better opportunities to mitigate air pollution in developing countries. Studies from India and China reveal that incentivising firms to disclose their emissions could …

Turab Hussain SEED Program: Financing Sustainable Tourism in Khyber Pakthunkhwa

The FCDO funded Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) program collaborated with CDPR to formulate a policy note on financing sustainable tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The policy note explores how local resources can be mobilised to finance tourism development. It gives a preliminary assessment of ring-fencing revenue generated in the tourist areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa …

William P. Mako, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood & Shehryar Khan Recent Developments in Climate Finance: Implications for Pakistan

The Government of Pakistan (GoP) has ambitious plans for reducing 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 50% of baseline projected levels. These plans anticipate USD 151 billion of investment just for energy sector mitigation projects by 2040. In the GoP’s view, any reduction below baseline projected emissions should be financed from domestic sources and from international …

Erum Haider and Bakhtiar Iqbal Electricity Privatization and Political Participation: Lessons from Karachi, Pakistan

This policy brief is based on research conducted by Erum Haider (College of Wooster; Georgetown University). This research was funded by the International Growth Center (IGC), United States Institute of Peace (USIP) JenningsRandolph Peace Scholar Award, American Institute for Pakistan Studies.

Zara Salman Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Electricity Theft and Trust in Karachi

This policy note is based on the IGC funded study “Don’t shoot the messenger – electricity theft and trust in Karachi”.

Sanval Nasim and Faiza Sharif To Adopt or Not to Adopt That is the Question: An Environmental and Economic Case for Zigzag Kilns

This policy brief is funded by an IGC funded study.

Zara Salman Decentralized Electric Power Delivery for Rural Electrification in Pakistan

This policy brief is based on an IGC funded study.

Fatima Habib Power Shortages in Pakistan: Causes and Solutions

This policy brief is based on the ASI funded report “Energy in Pakistan: Chronic Shortages, Concrete Solutions”.

Sanval Nasim & Faiza Sharif Investigating the Environmental and Economic Benefits of Energy Efficient Brick Kilns

Conventional brick kilns’ Bull’s Trench Kiln (BTK)”in Pakistan’s Punjab province are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful particulates which exacerbate climate change and deteriorate ambient air quality, respectively. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has recently introduced a new kiln technology “Induced Draft Zigzag Kiln (IDZK)” in Nepal which is …

Hanid Mukhtar, Rashid Aziz & Shahid Sattar Gas Report

There is a positive correlation between energy consumption and economic growth. However, Pakistan’s overreliance on natural gas in its energy mix has caused it to deplete rapidly – gas reserves will finish by the next decade at the current rate of consumption. The unfettered provision of gas to new households and particularly to the fertilizer …

Ali Habib Energy Saving in Pakistan

There are direct and indirect costs associated with lack of or no access to grid electricity in Pakistan. These costs can be mitigated through introducing efforts to utilize energy efficiently and conservatively to reduce the burden on the grid and increase access to electricity, particularly for low income groups, who are subjected to long hours …