Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change was briefed on Thursday (January 5) that the green building concept can reduce the risk of climate-related hazards and mitigate their effects, news sources reported.
In a briefing to the panel of senators, Additional Secretary Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) Musaddiq Ahmed Khan said that the centre is in talks with the provincial governments to create awareness of sustainable green buildings and reduce the impacts of global warming and urban heat. Khan stated that the initiative of the concept of ‘green building’ is essential to mitigating the risks of climate-related hazards as it helps reduce air pollution, conserve water, improve energy efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste generated. In addition, green buildings can also reduce the impact of natural disasters, such as floods, by raising the elevation of buildings, increasing the use of alternative sources of energy, and improving building insulation.
The additional secretary stated that on January 9, the government will host the International Conference on Climate Resilient in Geneva. He added that the government aims to highlight the plight of the 33 million people affected by the floods and the 8 million displaced, with a total economic loss of USD 15.23 billion.