• Pakistan sets ambitious renewables targets while also approving new coal-fired capacity

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The government of Pakistan has set a target of increasing its share of renewable power in its energy mix from the present 4% to 20% by 2025 and 30% by 2030 (by installed capacity), as Reuters reports. At the same time, the government remains committed to the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which includes plans to build seven new coal-fired power plants by 2024, amounting to some 4-5 GW of generation capacity. This will mean that, to meet the percentage share targets for renewable energies, even greater additional renewable capacity will be needed, and much will therefore depend on the increase in power demand in the country.