Government officials of the six South Asian countries are not well aware of the commitments of their countries in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases while the government and academic groups in Bangladesh are more aware of energy-efficient technologies than private stakeholders and NGOs, says a new study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
The study shows that perception on using rail and water transport systems to reduce GHG (green house gas) emission is much lower among private players, too. The same is true for energy efficient fans to reduce emissions. Prof AK Enamul Haque of Asian Centre for Development, Dr Pranab Mukhopadhyay of the University of Goa, India, Dr Mani Nepal, Research Programme Manager of ICIMOD, Nepal, economist Fatimat Shafika of the Maldives, Dr Heman Das Lohano of Karachi University, Pakistan, and Shamen P Vidanage ofAsian Centre for Development, Bangladesh, jointly conducted the study on behalf of the TIB.
The study shows that in Bangladesh, the private stakeholders are less aware of rail and water transport systems to reduce GHG (green house gas) emission than the government officials.
Prof AK Enamul Haque presented the findings of the study at a press conference at TIB head office in the capital on Monday.
The study was conducted after taking opinions from some 140 government and private stakeholders of these countries.
About the level of awareness on INDC pledges in the South Asia, the study says governments in each of these six countries pledged to reduce GHG emissions, but the level of awareness vary across different stakeholders. The government and academic groups are less aware about the pledges made by the government than NGOs and private sectors players, it added. Speaking at the press conference, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the sources of power generation, including carbon emission, remain under the control of the governments of the South Asian countries, and that is why it is the governments’ responsibility to reduce carbon emission.
Besides, he said, general people as well private stakeholders can play a strong role in reducing GHG, which has been revealed in this study. TIB’s Executive Management Prof Dr Sumaiya Khair was also present during the presentation.