ECOSF contributed to the Asian Research Policy (ARP) Journal in its latest publication on Achieving Carbon Neutrality 2021

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ECOSF is pleased to have contributed to the Asian Research Policy (ARP) Journal and published a research article on “Decarbonizing Road Transport Sector in Pakistan through E-Mobility”. The theme for ARP latest volume was ‘carbon neutrality,’ as climate crisis is and will be the main concern of international organizations and governments of many countries for the next half century. In addition, ARP also featured the profile of the ECOSF as the catalyst for promoting Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), which highlighted key strategic programmes of the Foundation to bring meaningful impact based on STI in the ECO region.

The article on “Decarbonizing the Road Transport Sector in Pakistan” by ECOSF underscores that road transport sector in Pakistan relies heavily on fuel imports; hence it takes a heavy toll on Pakistan’s fuel import bill. Pollution in major cities has reached alarming levels. Apparently, Pakistan currently faces a power surplus crisis. Increased EVs penetration could serve as a productive power demand to achieve adequate level of utilization of existing power capacity and bring down unit cost of electricity. Electrification of transportation is one of the effective means to reduce energy intensity in the road transport sector. Besides, EVs offer lower running and operational costs, as well as lower tailpipe emissions. All these factors put together make a strong case for EV adoption in Pakistan.

The article provides some brief highlights of the work undertaken by the ECOSF on decarbonizing the road transport sector in Pakistan as part of its support program to the Government of Pakistan in meeting its climate goals. Through this effort, we assessed the climate benefits of accelerated adoption of eMobility in Pakistan in terms of lower demand for transport fuels, reduced GHG emissions and the need for grid expansion and strengthening of distribution network in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention that ECOSF as the founder member of the Asian STI Think Tank Networks (ASTN) has joined to serve as a Member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Research Policy (ARP) journal. The ARP is being co-hosted by the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) of Republic of Korea, which aims to transform its existing network of prestigious S&T institutions into knowledge platform with dedicated Journal for Science, Technological and Innovation policy of Asia. The aim of Asian Research Policy is to enhance the national R&D system by establishing channels of communication between academics, research experts and policymakers around the world.

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