Pakistan has 'world’s first green presidency'

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTANI PRESIDENT ARIF ALVI, SAYING:

"The presidency is green. Done."

REPORTER ASKING: "100 percent?"

"100 percent.’’

Pakistan's president says his office is the world’s first green presidency

''We've gotten a certification, international ISO 50000 certification for the presidency that it is green. It's the first green presidency in the world. I didn't even know that! But I'm happy it's the first green presidency in the world. That we have done."

The office received a certification by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

a non-profit society with its headquarters in the U.S.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY ENGINEERS (AEE) , SHAHID SHAUKAT, SAYING:

"So, in Pakistan the presidency has worked primarily on energy conservation and, in parallel to this, they also deploy one megawatt solar system. So altogether now it becomes the green energy because they have a zero carbon emission. So (it's) the first presidency ever in the world which has zero carbon emission, which is certified ISO 50001 because the SGS (Societe Generale de Surveillance ), it's a Swiss third party inspectors, they certified the presidency according to the ISO 50001. And the Green Building Council (GBC) also awarded the Platinum Certifications."

President Arif Alvi says he reduced energy usage in the presidential secretariat by over 35%

and saved 80 million rupees ($1.07 million) a year on electricity

by installing solar panels

switching to LED light bulbs

and introducing water conservation measures

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