UNDP and NECCA gear up towards Pakistan's E-Mobility

December 12, 2023

Islamabad - December 12, 2023 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan in collaboration with the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA) conducted a stakeholders’ consultation workshop to review the proposed regulatory framework for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s National Electric Vehicle policy, formulated in 2019, outlined a 30% target in transition to EVs by the year 2030. This target was reaffirmed in Pakistan’s updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 2021. UNDP, through its Climate Promise project, jointly published the ‘Scaling Up E-mobility in Pakistan’ report with NEECA to support the achievement of Pakistan’s NDC target for 30% EV penetration by 2030.

In UNDP’s continued effort to promote sustainable e-mobility in Pakistan, the Climate Promise project is contributing to Net-Zero pathways and Low-Emission development with the conception of a regulatory framework to integrate and standardize EV Charging Infrastructure, identified as the major barrier to entry in the EV sector.

The consultation workshop was conducted in Islamabad to review the proposed regulations and generate feedback from priority stakeholders, including government and provincial representatives, private sector business entities, civil society organizations, and youth activists engaged in the transport and energy sectors of Pakistan.

The EV Charging Infrastructure workshop commenced with opening remarks from Managing Director NEECA Dr. Sardar Mohazzam. He highlighted the significance of the initiative and stated that “as the challenges faced by the EV industry are slowly being resolved, it will surely become the dominant force in the automotive market”. Dr. Mohazzam ensured NEECA’s commitment to the widespread adoption of EV infrastructure in Pakistan and walked the participants through the barriers, solutions, innovations, and the way forward in the sector.

UNDP Consultant Mr. Mohsin Kamal, who is authoring the regulations, conducted an interactive discussion on EV charging stations, site selection, battery swapping mechanisms, and operations and maintenance as outlined in the proposed regulations.

Chief Executive Officer Jolta Electric, Dr. Muhammad Amjad delivered his remarks and reiterated multiple solutions available to curb the dual challenge of high fuel bills and harmful emissions through the deployment of integrated EV infrastructure in Pakistan. He also emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships as a catalyst for innovation in the sector.

The recommendations and insights gathered at the consultative session on EV Charging Infrastructure will significantly contribute to shaping the proposed regulatory framework and the e-mobility infrastructure in Pakistan.

For additional information, please contact Shuja Hakim at Shuja.Hakim@undp.org  or +92 (51) 835 5657

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