British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner has visited Karachi to launch the race to get 26 companies in Pakistan to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
So far, 12 companies in Pakistan have committed to the UN Race to Zero campaign, which works with businesses, cities, regions and investors to pledge net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Globally, more than 3,000 companies have signed up to the campaign.
The High Commissioner’s visit was part of an environment and climate-focused trip to Pakistan’s biggest metropolis to see first-hand some of the challenges, as well as innovative solution, the country is offering as part of the global action on climate change.
He saw how British and Pakistani experts have been coming together to harness the power of renewable energy at Zephyr Wind Farm at Gharo and how British funds have helped create green energy investments and supported the replacement of coal power.
In addition, Dr Turner was shown how Pakistan is using nature-based solutions to help protect the environment and livelihoods, through the regeneration of a mangrove forest near a wind farm and took part in litter picking at Clifton Beach to mark World Maritime Day.
He said: “Pakistan is tackling climate change – and protecting the beauty of the natural world – and these are two key areas which the UK-hosted COP26 conference will be focusing on.
“I’m encouraging 26 Pakistani firms to sign a commitment to make net zero emissions commitments in 2050 as part of COP 26. 12 are committed but we need more companies to come forward. Together we can do this.”