SDG 7 - Team Discussion

Shelter Participatory Organization

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Shelter Participatory Organization
by Brant Knützen - Saturday, 19 May 2018, 3:31 PM

Topic questions

  1. Share your own understanding of SDG 7, regarding to some practical cases of how the energy are becoming cleaner and more affordable at multiple geographical levels (in your local community, in your country, and in the region).
  2. According to your group’s specific context: What are the most critical issues, significant factors and major principles that have had, are having or will have great influences on transforming future paradigm of energy production and consumption? (For example: technology innovations on both ends; workable business model and financing strategies; flexible governance mode, institutional settings and policy packages; citizen’s sustainable mindsets and lifestyles changing; etc.)
  3. From global to local, as well as from local to global. What are the success experiences from all over the world that can be learned and adopt in SA and SEA? How could your diversified local practices enrich and provide more opportunities to the world in a sense?

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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Samreen Khan Ghauri - Monday, 21 May 2018, 5:42 AM

Thanks! we will get back around these topics by the next meeting.

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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Samreen Khan Ghauri - Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 9:17 AM

Energy is not only a global goal in its own right but is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda to 2030, and is essential for reducing poverty, improving health and ensuring environmental sustainability. Currently, in Pakistan we are in middle of storm of shortage of affordable clean energy crisis, we have severe  power shortfall  issue, increase in the petroleum prices, which will directly affect the electricity prices as power production in the country relies on hydel and petroleum resources. Although Pakistan is blessed with large amount of the coal and can be utilize for power generation. Energy planning and distribution system also required to pay special attention. We need to explore some local and sustainable alternatives to address the energy crises. And yes what about smart and resourceful usage of energy? Must be highly important area to be focused!


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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Gokul Kandel - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4:08 PM

Dear Samreen Khan Ghauri,

Thank you for your kind information about pakistan and I am greatful to know about Pakistan. I am always interested about Pakistan in term of general knowledge to  sports like cricket. You explain about coal, in todays era, does coal sustain energy? I think it is a kind of non- renewable energy and it wont be sustained for long times. I think hydro-electricity has more scope in Pakistan than Coal.



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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Samreen Khan Ghauri - Friday, 1 June 2018, 3:45 AM

Dear Gokul Kandel,

Thank you so much for your valuable comment, well  In Pakistan hydel energy is usually generated through waterfalls (dams).there are many dams in the country which play a great role in the generation of electricity for household, business and industrial sector.

Pakistan has huge reserves of coal which can be used to overcome the problem of energy crises in the country . The government of Pakistan is making hectic efforts to introduce the coal usage in the industrial sector. Coal deposits in the country are up to 185 billion tons. The largest deposits are in Thar desert, which is about 850 trillion cubic feet spanning over 10,000 square kilometers, surprisingly more than the oil reserves in Saudi Arabia having a collective quantity of approximately 375 billion barrels. Therefore we are more focus to utilize Coal for energy generation.

 But, I appreciate your point while raising concern over coal consumption as it raise global temperature, besides, in a country where almost half the population living at he age of poverty line, these  environmental concerns are  low on the priority list.

 But we need to look deeper in the issue and figure our some alternative solutions.

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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Soney Rai - Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 1:57 PM
Hi All,

I would like to share some information in the context of our country Nepal. Where do we are at SDG7?

Nearly three-fourths (74.7 percent) of households in the country use solid fuels as the primary source of energy for cooking, while one-fifth (18 percent) use LPG for cooking (Table below). While nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of the households have access to electricity, the actual supply of electricity is grossly inadequate. In rural areas, electricity supply from off-grid hydropower plants is limited and used mostly for lighting and to charge small appliances like mobile phones. Electricity from solar PV home systems is growing but it is sufficient mostly for lighting only. Grid electricity is unreliable with erratic power cuts in the dry season. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all is a daunting task. However, given the immense hydropower potential, and with the private sector becoming more competent in power generation, grid connectivity expanding and alternative modern energy sources being capitalized, the country can meet the targets. Thus the proposed specific targets for SDG 7 include accessibility of 99 percent households to electricity; reduction to 30 percent - from nearly 75 percent now - the households who resort to firewood for cooking; limiting the use of LPG to less than 40 percent of the households; generation of 15,000 MW of installed capacity; and per capita electricity consumption increased to 1500 kWh.

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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Abinash Thapa Magar - Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:07 AM
Thanks for the updated information regarding SDG 7 in Nepal. 
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Re: Shelter Participatory Organization
by Sonahri Shaikh - Saturday, 30 June 2018, 3:51 PM

I want to share some more information about Pakistan..

Pakistan is a developing country, and solution for clean energy is affordable energy. Government, companies and different entrepreneurs in Pakistan are creating ways to aware people about these solutions.

Please go through the follllowing link

some points from the article are:

Meanwhile, the country has enjoyed some clean energy success stories. Its first solar power plant, funded by Beijing, was launched in 2015. More achievements could soon be on the way. Last year, Pakistan concluded deals with Danish and French companies to develop wind energy projects. Additionally, Pakistan and the US have jointly established a clean energy partnership to help attract investment for renewable energy projects.

However, clean energy projects need not be limited to large, donor-funded schemes. While advantageous, these take time to bring on line and can be costly for the government, which must absorb high capital and start-up costs to attract investors to a volatile country where renewable energy is far from an established portfolio. Indeed, there’s something to be said for the utility of homegrown, micro-level projects — from small-scale wind power initiatives to the provision of solar lanterns to remote villages. To be sure, they don’t deliver the political benefits of a glistening new coal power plant, or other high-visibility, large-scale schemes geared to respond to baseline demand. Yet they can deliver, even if on a relatively small scale, a major national benefit: energy security. This is no small matter in a nation that suffers from power sector deficits that average 4,000 megawatts.