Pakistan’s energy sector contribution to GHG emissions has remained historically high with an estimated 2018 contribution of 44%. The construction sector is highly energy and carbon-intensive, currently producing between 25% and 40% of global carbon emissions. Around 8% of the overall global CO2 emissions come from the production of steel and concrete. Due to a lack of green building standards and regulations, rapid urbanization taking place across Pakistan has spurred infrastructural development that is not environmentally sustainable. Green building standards along with a clear methodology, monitoring verification and enhancement (MV&E), and financing are needed.
Pakistan has been constrained by both limited access to financing and a lack of public awareness regarding the importance of adopting green building practices.
This technical assistance aims to introduce green building standards, including a baseline assessment of current infrastructure (including commercial, office and residential buildings), as well as the development of standards for new green building infrastructure and the conversion of existing infrastructure to net zero buildings.
The technical assistance aims to tackle the challenge of increasing energy demand and inefficient energy consumption of buildings through the introduction of green building standards for new buildings and building retrofits. Over time, this will promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the building sector, thus contributing to realizing the country’s energy efficiency potential. The technical assistance will also benefit women, who will gain further access to a more reliable energy supply, capacity building and training in the construction sector, and business opportunities in the buildings and construction sector. The technical assistance contributes to Pakistan’s 2021 Nationally Determined Contribution, which prioritizes energy demand and supply management, and engagement of the private sector as key mitigation priorities, and targets specific actions including green building codes and certification for new and refurbished buildings.