Karachi, Pakistan- The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) is one of the newest contenders for this year’s One Planet City Challenge (OPCC). OPCC, formerly known as the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), is a global initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that recognizes and rewards cities that are making substantial efforts that aim to provide sustainable housing, transportation, and energy to contribute to the global transition to a low carbon and climate-resilient future.
Energy security utilizing clean energy sources is significantly relevant and imperative to aid the city’s transition to low carbon urban development. Hence, KMC has recently entered into a project titled, “Introducing Renewable Energy Solutions to Enhance Energy Security and Building Climate Resilience in Karachi.” The project, funded by the Nordic Climate Facility, will be jointly implemented by WWF Sweden and Pakistan offices as well as K-Electric.
One of the project components that will aid Karachi in building its momentum and experience to scale up renewable energy and low carbon development in the city is its participation in the OPCC. Toward this end, ICLEI SEAS supported WWF Karachi and KMC in realizing this through facilitation of a two-day workshop held on August 3-4, 2017 at the Regent Plaza Hotel.
The workshop aimed to (a) build capacities on low carbon development through conduct of training on GHG inventory; (b) engage relevant stakeholders to participate in low carbon action planning; and (c) report performance, commitments, and actions to the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), the global reporting platform for local climate actions of local and sub-national governments managed by ICLEI and is being used in the. Various ICLEI tools including the GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology, Global Protocol for Community-level Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), ClearPath, and cCR were introduced to the participants. ICLEI SEAS will continue to assist KMC in the reporting process moving forward.
Karachi City is home to about 23 million residents and is considered as one of the most populous urban systems of the world. The provincial capital of Sindh, Karachi is the center of major economic activities that substantially contribute to the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a low-lying coastal city, it is also faced with various environmental and climate vulnerabilities. At present, Karachi is dealing with challenges on energy security, water security, and waste management particularly from industrial and residential sources. The city plans to have wide greener spaces and to gear towards low-carbon development.