The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) has called for a drastic reduction in carbon emissions in power generation and the liberation of the electricity and energy divisions from bureaucrats with vested interests.
“If bureaucrats in the electricity and energy divisions make decisions based on people’s opinions and we can say no to carbon in electricity generation, then we can reduce the level of pollution,” said architect Mubasshar Hussein, head of the CAB national committee. for handling consumer complaints.
“A lot of our problems will be solved if we can bring these two issues – carbon and bureaucracy – to the fore and take the appropriate steps to address them,” he added.
He was speaking Thursday at a citizen exchange of views meeting at the city’s Bidyut Bhaban regarding an energy transition policy proposal formulated by CAB, for energy rights and environmental protection.
During the show, CAB proposed various amendments to the energy transition policy. He said the proposed policy was sent to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources on Thursday.
Professor Tanzimuddin Khan from the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka presented the energy transition policy proposed by the CAB during the exchange of views meeting.
He said the government adopted the national energy policy in 1995 and amended it in 2004 but ultimately did not approve the amendment.
According to the proposed energy policy, according to the renewable energy policy of 2008, the target for electricity production from renewable energy in 2021 was 10% of electricity supply.
The total amount of electricity supplied to the grid in the fiscal year 2019-2020 was estimated at around 79 billion units, while the proportion of renewable electric energy in the grid was 0.09%. In the 2020-21 financial year, it was 0.20%.
The solar home system electricity market today is on the brink of extinction due to high generation costs.
The proposal indicates that policies and strategies for the management of public and private services engaged in the production, transmission and distribution of energy must be egalitarian.
Transparency and accountability must be ensured at all levels, including generation, distribution and marketing, so that consumers obtain quality energy services at fair and reasonable prices, the proposal adds.
Professor M Shamsul Alam, CAB Senior Vice President and Energy Advisor who chaired the exchange of views meeting, said: “It’s not as if the government has to agree with any CAB issue or that CAB disagreed with any government issue.”
“Of course, the government has to make decisions with consumer issues in mind. Bureaucrats with big responsibilities in the energy sector don’t have a big idea about energy, so the government must bring qualified people to these responsibilities,” he added.
Professor Badrul Imam, of Geology at the University of Dhaka, Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua and Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Managing Director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, among others, spoke at the program.