Editorial

Solar power system expansion slow

Embrace environment-friendly energy sources to cut carbon emissions


Bangladeshpost
Published : 29 May 2022 08:39 PM | Updated : 29 May 2022 08:39 PM

As reported by this daily on Sunday the expansion of the country’s solar power system is moving at a slow pace as equipment costs have escalated by around 25 percent recently. Renewable energy has become an important source for power generation in many parts of the world.  Having no or little emission -of exhaust and poisonous gases like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, most renewable energy sources produce little global warming emissions. However, despite the world leaning towards renewable energy to ensure energy security, keeping carbon dioxide emissions at a low level in the face of adverse climate change, the growth of green energy in Bangladesh is slow. While experts realise that tackling climate change is impossible without reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the reliance on fossil fuels, many say that the transition to renewable is not going to be easy. 

The incumbent government has undertaken a number of projects to enhance use of renewable energy as part of its efforts to ensure energy security keeping carbon dioxide emissions at a low level. Bangladesh is now generating around 790 MW of electricity from renewable sources. As a part of the government's initiatives to embrace renewable energy, 10 proposed coal-fired power plants with an estimated capacity of 9346 megawatts (MW) of electricity were scrapped last year. It is encouraging to note that the government has revisited its energy policy and such steps will be helpful for safeguarding the environment indeed.

The government should implement 

new policies to increase the 

production and consumption of 

renewable energy

Reportedly, the government has set a target to add some 1675MW of electricity to the national grid from renewable energy by 2024.  But in reality, a maximum of 50 MW of electricity can be added to the national grid. Because, the construction work of most of the power plant projects are going on very slowly.

Renewable energy currently contributes approximately 4 per cent to the country's national energy power mix. In order to increase it, the government should devise a number of initiatives, including allowing tax-free import of the tools and equipment which are needed for environment-friendly energy production. Sustainable and renewable energy is the future of energy sector. Therefore, the government should  formulate and implement new policies to increase the production and consumption of renewable energy.