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Transiting to clean energy from fossil fuels

Nasrul Hamid urges ISA for coordinated efforts

Published : 25 Jul 2023 09:58 PM | Updated : 26 Jul 2023 12:54 PM
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State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday said coordinated and collective efforts are needed for a successful transition to clean energy from fossil fuels.

"Our strategies are deeply rooted in fuel diversification, clean energy, and 

climate change mitigation," he said while presiding over the Fifth Meeting of 

the ISA Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific Region of the 

International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Bangladesh is progressing to be a middle-income nation from a developing one, 

the government's strategies are deeply rooted in fuel diversification, clean 

energy, and climate change mitigation, said Nasrul Hamid.

He said, "Under the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 

we are resolute in our commitment to embrace renewable energy sources and 

reduce our carbon footprint."

The state minister said that the government has already expressed its 

aspiration at the COP26 for generating 40 percent energy from renewable 

sources by 2041. 

"We have adopted and implemented various policies and initiatives to promote 

renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner use of fossil fuels. We are 

also developing new policies and plans to pave the way for energy 

transition," he said. 

Nasrul Hamid said the policies are Integrated Energy and Power Master Plan, 

Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, Solar Energy Roadmap, Roadmap to Scale-up 

Solar Irrigation (2023-2031) and a new Renewable Energy Policy.

"We have successfully materialized the world's largest solar power 

dissemination programme, with approximately six million Solar Home Systems 

providing electricity to over 20 million people. These efforts have made a 

substantial impact on the lives of our citizens, empowering communities with 

access to clean and reliable electricity," he added.

The state minister said in line with the government commitment to green and 

clean energy, Bangladesh has taken a bold step by moving away from 

implementing ten coal fired power plant projects, amounting to approximately 

$10 billion investment. 

"This decision signifies Bangladesh's government unwavering dedication to 

combating climate change and embracing clean energy solutions, even though it 

may have financial repercussions," he added. 

Nasrul Hamid sought support from committee for investments in power sector to 

offset financial challenges, as the government set a target to install 24000 

MW renewable energy capacities by 2041. 

Currently, Bangladesh installed around 1200 MW of renewable energy capacity 

which is 4.24 percent of the current electricity generation capacity mix. "We 

are processing 108 renewable projects which will add approximately 10000 MW 

of renewable power."

Bangladesh took part in the meeting as the Vice President of the ISA. Among 

others, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE Suhail Mohamed Al 

Mazrouei, director General of ISA Dr Ajay Mathur along with heads of 

representatives of member states of Asia and Pacific region spoke.

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