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Nasrul: Govt aims to reduce primary energy consumption by 20%

  • Published at 10:05 pm November 11th, 2019
Nasrul Hamid
File photo of State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid Dhaka Tribune

The state minister made the statement at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on energy efficiency and conservation awareness at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said, the government aims to reduce the primary consumption of energy by 20% within 2030.

“It is impossible to achieve the target unless there is a proven technology customized for energy efficiency,” he said on Monday, reports UNB.

The state minister made the statement at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on energy efficiency, and conservation awareness at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) in association with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program (Reeep) of German donor agency GIZ organized the conference to discuss and share experiences on energy efficiency, and conservation issues.

Experts from eight countries -- Bangladesh, China, Japan, Germany, India, Vietnam, Nepal, and Croatia -- are taking part in the conference.

Sreda Chairman Helal Uddin in chaired the program.

German Chargé d' Affaires in Dhaka Burkhard Ducoffre, Senior Secretary to the Power Division Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Director General of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre of Nepal Nawa Raj Dhakal, and Sreda Member Siddique Zobair also addressed the function.

Nasrul said the installed capacity of electricity generation has reached 20,000MW, and it is expected to stand at 40,000MW by 2030, and 60,000MW by 2041.

He said there is a target to mandatorily produce at least 10% of the total electricity from renewable energy sources as they are committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) announced by the United Nations (UN).

“But the supply and distribution of electricity to the rural level will not be sustainable in the long run if we aren’t aware about energy efficiency, and conservation,” the state minister told the conference.

As energy sources are limited, he said, everybody must be careful, and responsible while using electricity.

Ducoffre said Germany will continue to support Bangladesh to promote renewable energy, and ensure energy efficiency, and conservation.