Web Desk: Two young Pakistani innovators bagged the UN Environment grant worth US$10,000. They are rewarded for their remarkable efforts to make lifestyle more sustainable. The focus of Asia-Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyles Challenge is to mobilize and encourage youngsters with unique business ideas on how to promote energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles.
Mohammad Saquib and Hassam Ud din are the recipients of Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge in the categories of Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Mobility respectively. They will also receive marketing training from international experts, and business. More innovative ideas can lead them to win additional $10,000 USD.
According to UN Environment’s Director for the Asia-Pacific region, Dechen Tsering:
“Young innovators like Mohammed and Hassam are examples of the ingenuity we need to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. I’m particularly excited to see that both of their solutions are geared toward helping some of the poorest among us. Improving lifestyles across Asia and the Pacific must be an inclusive endeavor, and Mohammed and Hassam are demonstrating how we can get it done.”
Modulus Tech is energy efficient and low cost modular flat, business of Saquib. It is built from recycled materials. This house is fully equipped with all plumbing and electrical utilities and is assembled in as short as 3 hours only. It is manufactured from recycled products like wood plastic composites, fibre cement composites. These components have 30 years of life span, and carbon footprint up to 52 times lower than traditional concrete homes. According to Saquib, the house is three times more energy efficient than other alternatives.
Hassam Ud-din, on the other hand came up with affordable and efficient transport infrastructure. Although there is only 17% of car ownership in Pakistan, but we still faces traffic jams, and congestions that results in polluting the environment. Higher vehicle ownership is not sustainable and many areas without high volume of passenger are bypassed by transit lines. Most trucks and cars operate at only 30% capacity. Hassam developed an app called RASAI that allows peer-to-peer sharing to utilize extra space of vehicles and offers intercity ride sharing and freight sharing capabilities. The freight transport vehicles can use the app to provide spare cargo space at low cost.