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Sustainability is key to country’s energy future

Update : 19 Mar 2014, 07:48 PM

We welcome the opening of the new energy–efficient, Goalpara power substation in Khulna.

This type of investment in reducing waste and increasing efficient distribution of power is just as important to securing the country’s future energy needs as creating new power–generating capacity.

The substation was opened by the German ambassador as it has been upgraded with support from the German Development Cooperation (GDC). 

In response to questions about the planned Rooppur nuclear power plant and the building of a coal–fired power station at Rampal adjacent to the Sundarbans, the ambassador acknowledged that these are national decisions, before expressing agreement with the widely–felt environmental concerns noted by many Bangladeshis.

We welcome the ambassador’s remark that the development of Bangladesh’s energy generating capacity needs to take environmental risks into account.

It is encouraging to note that he also welcomed recent reports indicating Bangladesh’s interest in working with Nepal and Bhutan to use the potential of water energy.

Hydropower from the Himalayas and offshore natural gas from the Bay of Bengal have huge potential to allow Bangladesh to secure most of its future power needs, while minimising the negative impact of energy generation on the country’s environment.

It is of vital importance that the most sustainable available options, such as increasing energy efficiency and collaborative regional hydropower projects, are explored fully, so the government can incorporate them into the country’s future energy mix.

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