Workshop: Corporate Carbon Foot Print, Carbon Neutrality and Clean Development Mechanism
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Crystal Ball
Date: 2nd December, 2010

The UNIDO-Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme, Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, organized a workshop on the subject Corporate Carbon Foot Print, Carbon Neutrality and Clean Development Mechanism on December 2, 2010.

The workshop discussed standards and approaches regarding carbon foot print and carbon neutrality in major export oriented industrial sectors in Pakistan, such as textiles, sports and cutlery. Carbon foot print and carbon neutrality are the new products related to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in the corporate sector to address challenges by climate change.

The event brought together policy makers, government officials, regulatory authorities, power generation companies, major export oriented industries, project proponents, international and national consultants on CDM, experts from public and private sectors, validators, financial institutions and academia.

"The issue of global climate change, which is mostly due to GHG, is the most challenging issue confronting the world today. It is also known that global warming is non discriminating and affects all countries of the world regardless of their individual contribution to GHG emissions" Neelofur Hafeez, Deputy Secretary Climate Change, in charge of the CDM Cell, Ministry of Environment, said during the workshop.

The event not only helped in imparting of the required knowledge but also in putting forward proposals for further enhancement and improvement of CDM project development in the country.

"The workshop is a good initiative taken by UNIDO, the advantage of the visit of the international experts from the international company TUV for example, whom are here for validation, verification and certification of CDM projects in Pakistan," Hafeez also said.

"Pakistan has tremendous potential in almost all major areas where a CDM project can be developed, however the total potential has not been realized,"
Tanvir Mahmud, National Programme Coordinator of the UNIDO-CDM Programme, said in his opening remarks.

The reasons for this have been insufficient awareness of the CDM, scarcity of local technical consulting companies, specialized nature of CDM project development, insufficient size of some potential projects and most importantly a difficult investment climate.

Mahmud also informed the participants that at present there are 19 registered DOEs for UNFCCC. The conduct and registration of each DOE is subject to an ongoing review by the UNFCCC and the list of registered DOEs can change over time and because of relative low level of activity there are only four DOEs in Pakistan and in case of need expertise has to come from abroad.

The event provided a platform for knowledge sharing and fruitful discussions. International and national consultants and experts provided brief presentations on the concept of Carbon Foot Print, Carbon Neutrality and Carbon Trading. 

The UNIDO-Clean Development Mechanism Programme (CDM), Pakistan has been actively involved in the awareness and capacity enhancement activities on climate change, Kyoto protocol and CDM opportunities under the project entitled Institutional Capacity Enhancement for CDM in Pakistan.