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‘Adapt modern tech to promote renewable energy’

Published : 31 Jan 2022 10:10 PM | Updated : 01 Feb 2022 02:34 PM

“Expansion of clean energy is essential for balanced development. To this end, we have to balance the distribution of modern technology,” said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid.

The state minister said this while speaking at a closing function of a workshop of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP ll) in the capital on Monday.

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme is a technical cooperation project and a joint undertaking between the Governments of Bangladesh and Germany.

In collaboration with Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implemented REEEP II on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Nasrul Hamid said, “GIZ has made a commendable contribution in building an energy-conscious society with renewable energy. Emphasis must be placed on the efficiency and conservation of clean and renewable energy, as well as coordination with technology, economic development and envi

ronment for overall development. The existing incentives for renewable energy will be continued.”

A panel discussion was organised on the theme, ‘SREDA and Its Journey Post 2021’. Former Chairman Anwarul Islam Sikder of SREDA, Dr M Nurul Islam, former Professor of BUET, Md Abdur Rouf Miah, Additional Chief Engineer of BREB, Abdullah Hil Rakib, Director of BGMEA, Dipal Barua, President, BSREA and Dr Angelika Fleddermann, Country Director of GIZ Bangladesh, joined as panelists. Mohammad Hossain, Director General of Power Cell moderated the discussion. 

Among others Fatima Yasmin, Secretary of Economic Relations Division, Md Habibur Rahman, Secretary of Power Division and Tröster, German Ambassador to Bangladesh also joined the event presided over by Mohammad Alauddin, Chairman of SREDA. 

REEEP II aimed to promote cooperation among SREDA and other stakeholders to achieve national targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency, to support the implementation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Master plan up to 2030 through awareness development along the stakeholders’ value chain and to provide technical assistance to the Government to implement rooftop solar programme under Net Metering Guidelines.

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