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Workshop 3: Clean & Affordable Energy and Water 


Over 50 UK, Pakistani and South Asian researchers and stakeholders gathered together in Islamabad Pakistan (11 and 12th March 2020) at the first ever Global Development Workshop on Clean and Affordable Energy and Clean Water. The purpose of workshops was to create and foster new relationships and develop new consortia interested in solving clean energy and water challenges. 

The workshop provided the attendees with expert knowledge of local issues thorough a series of talks. In particular the following were discussed: 

  • energy policy challenges; implementing Renewable Energy (RE) in Pakistan

  • the UK Faraday Institute initiatives

  • energy storage

  • decentralised distributed generation systems in Pakistan (electrifying  rural)

  • the availability of the raw materials and sustainability challenges

  • recycling and sustainability issues, hybrid energy solutions, e.g. using Biomass, solar, fuel cells and other RE integrated systems,

  • opportunities for tech transfer in Pakistan. 

  •  key water challenges, public policy effects on clean water, water conservation and management

  • Clean Water / energy solutions, affordable small-to larger scale water cleaning solutions including solar water disinfection.

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To see selected speaker presentations from all three workshops, click here

Photo caption: All Clean & Affordable Energy and Water Workshop participants.


By the end of day 2 of the workshop, at least 5 consortia were developed. The Consortia developed surronded ideas such as: 

  • How can we develop sustainable and energy independent waste water treatment facilities for remote communities and poor people. 

  • Locally manufactured waste to energy technologies for waste management and addressing climate change. 

  • Grid free living with solar and biomass hybrid generation. 

It is now hoped that the consortia formed will now continue to work together and form long lasting partnerships to help promote knowledge exchange, collaborative research and capacity building to address relevant UNSDGs. 


Prof Jawwad Arshad Darr (UCL):  "Given the large number of people in Pakistan that are currently off grid, it is important though we can develop more cleaner and renewable modular energy storage and harvesting systems that are fit for communities particularly in remote areas or those that have intermittent electricity access”  

Dr Muhammad Saghir: "I anticipate the workshops will provide excellent collaboration opportunities to enhance indigenous experts’ market knowhow and smart energy production and management from other Uk or Pakistani experts”   

Dr Fazilda Nabeel: “As development pressures escalate, ensuring sustainable use of surface and groundwater resources, is critical for supporting Pakistan's growth. The workshop brings together science and policy research to feed into creative solutions for the grave challenges that face the country's water future."  

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