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Biomass has the potential to surpass other renewable energy sources

The chief executive of a Pakistani non-governmental organisation (NGO) stated at the World Future Energy Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi, that Biomass has a far greater potential to become an affordable source of renewable energy compared to solar and wind.

Hadi Husani, CEO of Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS) in Pakistan said in an email interview  “Approximately 2.4 billion people, generally the world's poorest, rely directly upon biomass for their heating and cooking needs and this number is expected to increase to 2.7 billion in 2030”

Khan Planning and Building Service has been for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, this is a result of the company’s effort to create sustainable and energy-efficient communities.

Hadi Husani carried on by explaining that a major challenge is that an enormous amount of communities, predominantly in the developing world do not have access to energy. The lack of clean, reliable and sustainable sources of energy has wide-reaching consequences — mainly economic and developmental — for these communities

He explained that the energy access is a crucial building block for these vulnerable parts of society and addressing the issue can potentially alleviate a lot more than fuel shortages.

As worldwide demand for energy continues to increase dramatically over the coming decade; access to and use of energy will play a major role in determining the maintenance and enhancement of quality of life, and there are political and security implications closely-associated with declining standards of quality of life, he said.

Zayed Future Energy Prize's Jury assessed 13 shortlisted candidates in 2012 with the objective of selecting five finalists, who will win a total of $3.5 million (Dh12.8 million). The awards will be revealed at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on the side-lines of the World Future Energy Summit that will be held from 16 January to 19 January 2012.

Husani said AKPBS has made significant strides in introducing sustainable energy and environmental stewardship to the mountain communities of northern Pakistan.

"Through our interventions, we have been able to bring our sustainable solutions to hundreds of thousands of the most marginalised and the most impacted by climate change," he said.

"If we were to win the final prize, we will use the resources and the prestige as a vehicle to bring together some of the leaders in the development of sustainable and energy efficient products from the private sector and the development sector," Husani said.





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