Mainstreaming Low Carbon Development in Bangladesh
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) conducted high level conferrals with government officials and nongovernmental representatives to assess the potential for introducing and mainstreaming Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) in response to national vision and goals for middle economy status, poverty alleviation, energy security, health, and equity. Meetings were arranged and hosted by the Bangladesh Planning Commission in coordination with the US Department of State and US AID Mission in the country as a part of the Remote Expert Assistance on LEDS (REAL) program of the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and its Co-secretariat, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
During his stay in Dhaka, CCS CEO Tom Peterson reviewed growth and development needs in key sectors and potential public-private response actions that capitalize on better integration of economic, energy, and environmental technologies and practices. Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate change and has launched adaptation programs to protect food security, health, economic growth, and national security. It has also launched sustainable energy and resource programs to meet economic and energy goals, including a successful solar homes program that has reached 4.5 million households and residential and industrial energy efficiency projects that have improved energy security.
Significant challenges exist, however, including closing the power access gap (20 percent of households), adjusting to shortfalls in natural gas (the dominant fuel for power and transportation), and improving power reliability for high export industries (such as ready-made garments). Integrative approaches to national policy and investment, such as provided by LEDS, can enable successful and transition to achieve sustainable development and growth priorities.
Photo: Tom Peterson conducts a high level inter-ministerial workshop in cooperation with the International Center for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka, Bangladesh.