With COVID-19 currently being the centre of attention, the climate crisis still remains the planet’s greatest challenge. Under the Paris climate change agreement or COP-21, member countries are obligated to reduce global temperature increase by 1.5°C which requires that CO2 emissions be reduced to half its size by 2030.
However, a lack of substantial progress on these goals has painted a grim picture. The lockdown enabled by the pandemic reduced the global carbon emissions by 4-8% which brought attention to the transportation sector as one of the biggest sources of CO2 emissions.
In Pakistan, the agriculture and energy sector are one of the biggest sources of CO2 emissions. It is high time that the country shifts from carbon-intensive economic practices towards carbon-conscious ones. In other words, Pakistan needs to decarbonize its economy to stay relevant in this climate-conscious world