Pakistan’s Ministry of Energy has launched a Transport Energy Saving Plan (TESP) aimed at reducing the country’s carbon footprint, conserving the atmosphere, and cutting oil expenses. The primary focus of the energy-saving measures will be the auto and transport sector.
The TESP has a step-wise approach, with the retirement age of cars and improving the national fuel economy standards as the initial priorities. The toll tax and fuel rates will be based on the engine size of the vehicles, with separate slabs for vehicles above 800cc. The TESP will also emphasize the implementation of codes and standards related to electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment and charging infrastructure. A mass transit transport system will also be developed for major cities.
According to sources, the TESP will save 2.4 billion liters of oil and reduce 7.7 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere annually. The plan will be gradually implemented starting this year.
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The TESP aims to tackle Pakistan’s environmental issues, where pollution levels have risen dramatically in recent years. Experts have welcomed the move, emphasizing the importance of investing in green transportation to combat climate change.