Lahore: Punjab University Institute of Energy and Environmental Engineering (IEEE), organized a one day Seminar titled “Understanding and Combating Smog, the Fifth Season of Pakistan” in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Vice Chancellor of Mir Chakar Khan Rind University of Technology Prof. Dr. Mahmood Saleem was the chief guest on the occasion while Parks and Horticulture Authority Chairman Engr Yasir Gillani, IEEE Director Prof Dr Hamed Sattar, Assistant Professor Dr Zaeem Bin Babar, faculty members and a large number of students participated in the seminar.

Addressing the seminar, Prof. Dr. Mahmood Saleem highlighted the proven simple solutions to replace inefficient household burners with efficient ones, incentivizing farmers to use mechanical means to prepare fields for cultivation instead of stubble burnings. Engr. Yasir Ali Gillani highlighted the role of urban forests and plantation with ecological balance between anthropogenic activities and nature.

Prof. Dr. Hamed Sattar briefed about the present and future initiatives of the institute in the research domains of energy and environment. Additionally, he stressed on intensive collaborations with governmental agencies and industries to properly address all national issues including smog.

IEEE Assistant Professor Dr. Zaeem Bin Babar described the Smog formation mechanisms, contributing sources, and respective mitigation strategies. He further highlighted the viable long-term and quick approaches to control and minimize air pollution events in Pakistan.

Sohail Ali Naqvi, Senior Manager ILES/Head Freshwater Program WWF- Pakistan, gave briefing on specific projects of WWF associated with energy and environmental conservation. He described modus operandi on social ways of living in a developing country with optimized logistics and public transportation infrastructure to minimize primary and secondary emissions precursors of smog.

Later, Prof. Dr. Hamed Sattar congratulated IEEE faculty members Dr. Syed Sheraz Daood, Dr. Rizwan Haider, Dr. Hassan Zeb, Dr. Muhammad Sarfraz Akram, Dr. Muhammad Zafar, Engr. Abuzar Ahsan, Engr. Iqra Aziz, and Engr. Saif for thorough support in organizing a successful event.

Presentation session was concluded by “Smog Awareness Walk” in which more than 100 academicians, collaborators, and students were participated.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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