ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP):British High Commissioner Thomas Drew here on Friday said the United Kingdom was planning to invest in the climate change initiatives in Pakistan.
The British High Commissioner expressed these views at the conclusion of the first Green Great Britain Week which was celebrated from October 15–19 by the British High Commission.
The High Commissioner said Pakistan was among the top ten countries in the world that were most at risk of climate change, according to a press release by the British High Commission here.
During the week, the High Commission launched a number of eco-friendly reusable items for sale in its premises, which included customised water bottles, coffee cups and reusable straws. It has already banned the use of plastic bottles from its buildings and has the ambition to become completely free of avoidable single use plastics within the next year.
Earlier this year to mark World Environment Day, the British High Commission planted 80 new trees in the British Residential Compound in the Diplomatic Enclave, produced special recycling bins which were placed in the residential compound and at a CDA waste collection point, and installed time lighting sensors to reduce electricity usage in its offices.
To mark the start of Green Great Britain Week, the UK government has unveiled a package of measures to help transform energy infrastructure to make it cleaner and greener, including proposals for new laws for smart energy appliances like washing machines and electric heating, laying the groundwork for a smart and clean electricity system of the future with the ambition of making all new buildings smart by 2030; opening the £18 million Heat Recovery Support Programme to help businesses become more energy efficient, which could save industry up to £500 million on their energy bills while making manufacturing firms more competitive; and launching a £320 million government fund in low-carbon heating for cities.