Probashbangla24 Desk : President M Abdul Hamid put emphasis on firm commitment to promote renewable energy, especially solar energy.
He was addressing the plenary session of the ‘International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference’ at The Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre on Sunday morning.
“Often, our priorities are underpinned by developmental goals. We should not forget to protect environment for the benefit of our future generations,” he said in speeches.
The president of Bangladesh said that the country is always ready to mutually collaborate and cooperate for ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
He mentioned that Bangladesh always has joined all global initiatives in this regard. The President sought all-out support and solidarity from the member states of ISA 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.
he said the subsequent effects of global warming on many countries are a reality now. Bangladesh is one of the most affected countries of it. “The country is trying to put its best efforts to make a fair contribution to fight this challenge;” said president Hamid.
Abdul Hamid said “Although Bangladesh’s share in emitting greenhouse gas is 0.1%, the threats of climate change to Bangladesh are abundant.”
He said Bangladesh is taking steps to reduce emission of greenhouse gas in future by developing renewable energy.”
He said investment in renewable energy is very important for improving energy access to rural and underprivileged people as well as the safety of this planet.
“For ensuring everyone’s access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy,” Abdul Hamid said, “clean energy is essential for overall development recognized in SDG-7.”
He also mentioned the government’s effort to make sure the use of renewable energy. “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.
“Enhancing used of solar power based Improved Cook Stove in rural areas has significantly reduced emission of green house gas, increasing energy efficiency. We see similar potential in solar-powered irrigation pumps.
Among 121 member states across the world, the heads of state and government of 24
countries and vice-presidents, ministers and representatives from as many as 47 countries have come to participate in New Delhi Solar Summit.
In this summit, inaugural addresses came from French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the welcome speeches in the conference were given by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
On November 30, 2015, India and France, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, had jointly launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote solar energy in developing countries.