Pakistan’s Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House) has been awarded an international certification of ISO 50001 EnMS making it the world’s first such President Secretariat to be fully powered by green energy.
President Arif Alvi said the President House had successfully curtailed over 35% of its energy usage and would save Rs 72.5 million to the national exchequer.
After assuming office in 2018, President Dr Arif Alvi envisioned a Green Presidency Initiative to curtail President’s Secretariat energy usage and shift it to renewable energy sources.
Describing the monetary benefits of going green, the president said savings from energy conservation and clean energy generation are equivalent to 3,154,750 KWh. The initiative equates to 3,144 tons reduction of Green House Gases which equals 325 trucks and plantation of 142,909 mature trees.
The Aiwan-e-Sadr also received GBC SEED Platinum as the building is now fully powered by an in-house 1-MW Solar System.
Addressing the ceremony, the president said the Presidency’s initiative should also be replicated across the country considering the importance of energy conservation across the world.
He thanked the private sector companies who supported the initiative under the corporate social responsibility model
President Alvi said it was always wise to prevent carbon emission as the world including Pakistan was under pressure regarding the availability of water and other natural resources. Through this initiative, the Green House Gas production has been reduced at the building from 102 tons in 2018 to 2028 tons this year.
Also citing the Holy Prophet’s teachings on conservation of water and wastage of resources, the president called for inculcating habits in youths to conserve energy. He also called for utilizing the buildings’ roofs for green purposes like plantation or solar panels.
Role model for world
In his virtual address, Executive Director of Association of Energy Engineers Bill Kent, congratulated President Dr Arif Alvi and his team on achieving the milestone of making Aiwan-e-Sadr the first-ever presidency in the world which had been awarded ISO-50001 Energy Management System certification. He said the certification manifested Pakistan’s commitment to achieving its clean energy and energy efficiency goals.
He termed the Pakistani presidency’s initiative as a step in the right direction and said it served as a role model for energy efficiency and conservation measures in the country.
Pakistan was rich with energy resources including wind, solar and biomass and that if fully tapped, the country could contribute to the global economy, he said, adding that the countries needed to educate architects, builders and developers to help achieve energy conservation goals.