ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending $780 million to Pakistan through a multitranche financing facility for priority energy efficiency projects that will secure the countrys growing energy needs and reduce its reliance on costly, polluting fossil fuels. Accordign to ADB press release received here, the $1.18 billion Energy Efficiency Investment Program underpins Pakistans first-ever initiative to make both the pursuit of energy security and low-carbon growth a single strategic priority. The 10-year program puts energy efficiency and the adoption of clean technologies at the heart of government planning and public investments, it added. The Multitranche Financing Facility will finance short to medium-term energy efficiency projects, including the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with more efficient and cost-effective compact fluorescent lamps. The facility, which will release funds in tranches, will provide a portion of the governments 10-year energy efficiency investment plan, estimated at $3.8 billion. Targeted energy savings under the program will reduce the countrys energy intensity, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 30 percent. The overall gains in annual savings by fiscal year 2019 are expected to be around $4 billion and would provide major social benefits, such as increased household incomes, jobs, and reduced poverty levels. The program will help the government reduce public expenditures and subsidies, easing the debt problem in the power sector which has weighed on attempts at improvements in the past. It also removes financial barriers to investment in clean energy technology, opening the way for increased private sector involvement with ADB, and other development partners, helping to leverage commercial financing support. Projects in the program are expected to be eligible for earning carbon revenues under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. Through the facility, ADB will extend $760 million in loans from its ordinary capital resources in tranches. It will provide a further $20 million from its concessional Asian Development Fund. Co-financing equivalent to Euro 150 million will be provided by Agence Franaise de Dveloppement, with the government financing $200 million equivalent.