Achieving better energy efficiency in Pakistan through better energy management systems

Project description

Title: Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Concepts in Cities and Industry (REEE-SCALE)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA), Ministry of Energy (MoE) – Power Division
Country: Pakistan
Overall term: 2020 to 2023


Sustainable power supply for the population of Pakistan remains one of the greatest challenges for the Government of Pakistan (GoP). Owing to the country’s continuous economic growth and increasing urbanisation, its need for energy has been rising constantly in recent decades. It is anticipated that the population will increase from 207 million in 2017 to around 245 million by 2030. About half the population will then live in urban areas. The increase in the need for energy, at 3.3 per cent annually, is equally dramatic. Although Pakistan is one of the Asian countries with the highest energy intensity (4.42 megajoules per US dollar of gross domestic project at purchasing power parity as per 2015), policymaking still does not place sufficient focus on efficient use of the available energy. 


Pakistan is taking measures to ensure the functioning of its municipal energy management system.


The project’s implementation approach aims to integrate the energy topic into the processes and workflows of municipal administrations and public institutions responsible for municipal services in the selected cities in Pakistan. The introduction of municipal Energy Management System (EMS) will mainstream energy-relevant tasks and processes in relevant departments of the partner institutions in these cities. Energy managers will be mandated to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency, and to prioritise and implement suitable measures which may vary from simple behavioural changes. It will focus on measures with low/no investment in the short to medium term and large technology and infrastructure investments in the long term.

The project will highlight major achievements by cities in the area of national energy efficiency and climate goals. This contributes to the achievement of SDG 7 (‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’), SDG 11 (‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’) and SDG 13 (‘Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’). The goals pursued by the project are closely aligned with the interests of the partners by moving towards a sustainable orientation in the energy supply in cities.

More specifically, the REEE-SCALE project will be implemented in selected cities within the jurisdiction priority regions through the following four intervention areas: 

Introduction to a municipal EMS

  • Designing concepts for EMS in Pakistani cities
  • Selecting pilot cities
  • Establishing EMS in selected cities

Implementation of digital methods for energy data management

  • Developing measurement concepts and implementing them in pilot cases
  • Providing international experience on the digital monitoring and recording of energy-related measurement data.
  • Creating tender documentation for procurement

Implementation of low/no investment energy-efficiency measures 

  • Performing initial audits and reviews of the energy situation in selected municipal areas
  • Providing technological expertise for selected technology sectors
  • Supporting the implementation of energy saving measures 

Dissemination and political dialogue

  • Developing communication and dissemination concepts for municipal EMS
  • Preparing and disseminating lessons learned on EMS from the model cities
  • Providing technical support for energy-policy dialogue and networking events 

The Project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The main cooperation partners are the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA), the Ministry of Environment (MoE), the Association for Development of Local Governance (ADLG). The consulting consortium comprising of GOPA and Envidatec is responsible for implementing output 1 and 2.

Last update: März 2021

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