Dhaka, Bangladesh
More production with less energy tops agenda

Int'l energy efficiency confce begins tomorrow

More production with less energy tops agenda

News Report A two-day international conference on energy efficiency and conservation awareness (ICEECA) begins at a city hotel tomorrow. Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) in association with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP) of the German donor agency GIZ is organising the conference to discuss and share the experiences and themes on energy efficiency and conservation issues among the experts from participating countries. Experts from 8 countries--Bangladesh, China, Japan, Germany, India, Vietnam, Nepal, and Croatia-are attending the conference. "Some 20 participants from different countries have already confirmed their participation in the ICEECA", said Siddique Zobair, member (energy efficiency and conservation) of SREDA, said while addressing a press conference at a city hotel on Saturday. GIZ senior advisor Shafiqul Alam also addressed the press conference and Sreda assistant director TaufiqRahman made a presentation on the conference on the occasion. Siddique Zobair said the experts from public and private sectors including technology providers, financial institutions, banks, energy companies will participate in the conference. He mentioned that State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid will inaugurate the conference while chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on power, energy and mineral resources Mohammad Shahiduzzaman Sarker will address the concluding session on Wednesday next. He said so far Bangladesh has achieved about 8.4 percent energy efficiency since inception of works on the issue by SREDA in 2013. It will be held in four sessions - National Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign: Paradigm Shift in Awareness Raising at National Level, Digital Innovation in Energy Efficiency Promotion, EE Implementation in Industrial Sector and Market Development for Energy Technologies: Role of Private Sector," he said. Zobair said the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Master Plan up to 2030 outlines Bangladesh's target to achieve 20 per cent reduction of primary energy consumption of per GDP by 2030, compared to 2013 level. "A robust policy, appropriate strategies, awareness, capacity of stakeholders and well-functioning institutional framework are preconditions for achieving these goals," he said. Around 47.8 percent energy, he said, is used in the industrial sector. If carefully used, then 30 percent more energy efficiency could be attained from here and the Energy Efficiency (EE) means high competitiveness; it means producing more with less energy.

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