Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sustainable energy development

Sustainable energy development

The development in any sector is always associated with energy. As a matter of fact, energy plays a vital role in sustainable development in socio- economic development. That is why, it has become important to address the increasing energy demand, the pervasive shortage of energy and the adaption to sustainable energy development. ESCAP promotes the integral role of energy in sustainable development and designs programmes and projects aimed at advancing energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. A global economy reliant on fossils and fuels and the increase of Greenhouse gas emissions is creating drastic changes in our climate system. This is having a visible impact on every continent. In Bangladesh, there exists a heavy reliance on traditional fuels such as agricultural residue, tree residues, firewood and dung. The use of biomass is also seen in many households. Among the biomass users there is a progression from agricultural wastes/cow- dung to firewood as income levels increase. The over- exploitation of biomass has caused many designated forests to become denuded. Every year it is becoming harder for households to collect the desired quantity of biomass. The widespread use of crop residue as fuel and fodder and the collection of cow-dung from the land have resulted in a decrease in soil organic matter content. Moreover, the evidence depicts that the improved cook-stoves that were being promoted to address the projected crisis have not played a significant role. The renewable energy deployment is extremely low in Bangladesh. Since the pressure to increase the energy supply is intense, and multilateral funding has dried up, the government is constantly looking for bilateral sources. Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Adopting an industrial cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could also reduce the global electricity consumption. This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid-size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy sources in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment. Sustainable energy is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In view of all those important factors capacity building in all government agencies and functionaries is essential to charting a sustainable energy development for Bangladesh. Thus the concerned departments and associated bodies have to demonstrate wide-ranging effort, endurance and professional excellence in meeting the ever-increasing demand of energy. All these are the pivotal force necessary to acquire efficiency for sustainable growth and development in line with global changes.

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