President seeks global support to promote solar energy

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Dhaka: President M Abdul Hamid today reaffirmed firm commitment to further promote renewable energy, more particularly solar one, saying that Bangladesh is always ready to mutually collaborate and cooperate for ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

“Our priorities are often underpinned by developmental goals . . .Nevertheless, we should not forget to protect environment for the benefit of our future generations,” he said while addressing the plenary session of the ‘International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference’ at The Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre this morning, reports BSS.

Mentioning that Bangladesh always has joined all global initiatives, the President sought all-out support and solidarity from the ISA member states to unlock a new dimension in all areas of renewable energy as well as solar energy from its use to research, development and transferring technology for its capacity building.

Noting that the global warming and its subsequent effects on many countries are a reality now and Bangladesh is one of the most affected countries of it, the President said the country is trying to put its best efforts to make a fair contribution to fight this challenge.

Abdul Hamid said “Although our share in emitting greenhouse gas is 0.1%, the threats of natural disasters including sea level rise, droughts, floods and cyclones to Bangladesh are abundant. We are also taking steps to reduce emission of greenhouse gas in future as the development of renewable energy is desired for the developing countries.”

He also put emphasis on investing in renewable energy for improving energy access to rural and underprivileged people as well as the safety of this planet.

Clean energy is essential for overall development recognized in SDG-7 (sustainable development goals) for ensuring everyone’s access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, Abdul Hamid added.

The President laid stress on taking well-coordinated and bold policy commitments and much investment to get the desired benefits in days to come.

Referring to different pragmatic steps taken by the Bangladesh government to enhance the uses of renewable energy, the President said Bangladesh has installed around 5 million Solar Home Systems serving around 20 million people of the country.

“The government has also initiated a programme to generate 500 MW of solar-based electricity for adding those to the national grid,” he added.

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