SANDEE Panel Session ICoBM 2014
"Environmental Pollution in Pakistan: Causes, Impacts, Government Regulations, Compliance, and Technology Adoption"

SANDEE as a part of their dissemination effort hosted a panel "Environmental Pollution in Pakistan: Causes, Impacts, Government Regulations, Compliance, and Technology Adoption", during the ICoBM Conference 2014.

SANDEE panel discussed on-going research on environmental pollution and other environmental issues with special focus on textile industries, agriculture, and household activities. The panel presented their research findings on: health implications from pollution in textile industries; environmental regulations and their compliance in textile industries; organic agriculture; adoption of biogas as a source of energy; and adoption of improved cook-stoves. The panel also discussed policy implications based on the research findings.

Researchers from reputable institutions of the world actively participated in said session, where they have presented their research work with new methodologies carried out in the modern era of research development.

Professor Dr. Maqbool Hussain Sial
Professor Maqbool Hussain Sial presently working as a Professor of Economics and Dean of Management and Administrative Sciences at the University of Sargodha since 2005. He Received PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1989. Dr. Maqbool Having a 20+ year post PhD experience with prestigious academic, public, & private institutions in the USA and Pakistan. Dr. Maqool Hussain has vast expertise in managing post-graduate teaching, research, and administration at academic institutions. Dr. Sial has published more than 40 research papers in national/ international journals and he has supervised more than 25 MPhil/ PhD candidates, also having expertise in co-coordinating and managing marketing campaigns, third-party data processing, and affinity relationships. Extensive applied knowledge and experience in advanced statistics, applied economics, statistical programming languages and neural network modeling.

Dr. Maqbool Hussain Sial's impressions on the SANDEE Panel Session

To begin, let me congratulate Sukkar IBA for organizing the 4th ICoBM Conference 2014 focusing on the gigantic challenges of “Development, Competitiveness, and Innovation”. One of the Panels at the conference sponsored by SANDEE was on "Environmental Pollution in Pakistan: Causes, Impacts, Government Regulations, Compliance, and Technology Adoption”. I had the privilege to chair this session.

Environmental pollution is a very critical issue facing the globe and it has very serious implications and consequences for the growth and development of Pakistan. There is a huge scientific evidence that pollution is causing climate change via the release of increasing quantities of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, such as burning gas in our cars and oil to generate electricity. Because much of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions is a result of burning fossil fuels for energy, energy efficiency has a key role in tackling climate change. By using energy more wisely, we need less energy to fulfill our needs.

Various papers presented by academician and scientists in SANDEE’s panel discussed above issues and presented their research findings of the on-going research on environmental pollution and other environmental issues with special focus on textile industries, agriculture, and household activities. The panel presented their research findings on: health implications from pollution in textile industries; environmental regulations and their compliance in textile industries; organic agriculture; adoption of biogas as a source of energy; and adoption of improved cook-stoves. The panel also discussed policy implications based on the research findings. A common thread running through these presentations was the need to adopt energy conserving technology and to increase energy efficiency.

In the face of energy crisis confronting Pakistan, fighting climate change is important, but energy efficiency also has a much broader set of benefits. Energy efficiency can lower energy costs, reduce local air pollutants such as small particulate matter, and make our homes and buildings more comfortable. Therefore, there is a dire need to undertake further research to fully comprehend the nexus between economic growth, technology and environmental pollution.

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