The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) on Thursday organized the first-ever Partnership for Climate Action (PCA-2023) plan conference from February 14 to 16.
The conference titled “Science for Sustainability” was held in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), German Red Cross, Pakistan Red Crescent, International Federation of Red Cross, International Rescue Committee and Welt Hunger Hilfe.
The prime objective was to bring together and connect youth, academia and other stakeholders to build meaningful partnerships towards addressing climate change challenges.
The conference also provided an opportunity to NUST to showcase its climate-resilient technologies for potential deployment and commercialisation, and closely engage with stakeholders from the Government and Development Sector to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.
In his welcome remarks, NUST Pro-Rector Research, Innovation & Commercialisation Dr Rizwan Riaz said that the university took its social responsibility seriously and had aligned all its core functions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Most significantly, he maintained, the NUST was proactively engaged in developing innovative technologies and devices to address the challenges of climate change. He also highlighted the importance of Partnership for Climate Action – a platform to share best practices, collaborate on new initiatives, and leverage collective resources to drive progress. He added that the NUST Climate Action Plan was an important step towards making a real impact.
The three-day event spanned climate action policy simulation, youth activity, expert panel discussions, conference and exhibition, followed by the launch of the Climate Action Plan and MoU signing.
The Climate Action Plan formulated by NUST Research Directorate – entails a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions within and beyond the university and mitigating the impact of climate change.
The two main panel talks on the second day provided information on national and international root causes of climate change and actions to overcome the challenges by promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation.
The panelists included Director Policy & Governance WWF, Dr Imran Khalid, Member NUST Climate Panel, Ali Shah and Oxford Policy Management Institute, Maheen Zahra.
The second-panel discussion, moderated by NUST, Ameera Adil focused on the role of academia in climate resilience and sustainable development, the importance of greenland, establishing energy efficient measures, ensuring net zero campus waste and implementation of a renewable energy generation plan. The panelists were Prof Dr Salman Atif, Member Climate Panel, IGIS NUST, Waqar ul Shams, Innovation and Information Coordinator AnthroInsights, Prof Ilhan Niaz, KLF Award Winner, Chairman Dept of History QAU and Dr Zainab Khalid, COMSATS Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS).
The event concluded with the launch of the NUST Integrated Climate Resilient Policy and Action Plan. Director Research, NUST Dr Hamood-ur-Rahman, and AD Sustainability NUST, Ameera Adil shed light on the plan that recognises climate change as a core issue for upcoming development and devises a remedial strategy to create a sustainable future for ourselves, communities and posterity alike.