CCT Visits Bangladesh for Renewable Energy Study Tour to Reduce Poverty

As part of a strong delegation from the United Republic of Tanzania’s Parliament, CCT was invited through Climate Action Network Tanzania (CANTz) to take part in the most informative and educative study tour on how Renewable energy can be used to mitigate climate change and help reduce not only energy poverty but poverty at large.

The visit was sponsored by World Future Council and the Bread for the World both being Germany based Organizations (Hamburg and Berlin resp.). The delegation comprised of 3members of parliament from the energy committee, an official from the parliament, an engineer from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals; department of Renewable Energy, Projects’ manager from TaTEDO the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization, an Environmental Journalist, CANTz coordinator and Program Officer responsible for Climate Change from CCT together with Three officers from the sponsoring organizations.

In Bangladesh the entourage learnt that, the country had a vision of among many providing energy security for development and welfare i.e Affordable and Reliable Electricity for all by 2021. Among the many strategies to achieve the goal was To increase power generation through renewable sources, such as solar, wind, mini hydro etc. It decided to follow the renewable energy path because of its advantages such as

  • Abundance, infinite nature of Renewable Energy versus the finite nature of the non- renewable energy
  • Cost effectiveness and pragmatic solution for providing electricity to off the grid areas as against the limitations of grid electricity
  • Renewable energy deployment reduces dependence on importation of the fossil fuel whereas compared to the high dependence for the non –renewables
  • Environmental friendliness

Because the visits’ purpose was to influence policy on Renewable Energy the group met policy makers of Bangladesh including the Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Hon. Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury Bir Bikram, Members of the Academia, Senior members of Sustainable Renewable Energy Authority(SREDA), Sustainable Energy Development Agency(SEDA), Infrastructure Development Company Ltd(IDCOL), Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Ltd(BIFFL), Bangladesh Bank and Bangladesh Sustainable Renewable Energy Agency(BSREA) and discussed about their contribution towards the realization of the Renewable Energy Goals.

LESSONS LEARNT:

In actual sense a lot was learnt from the visit that could be shared to our fellow Tanzanians

  • As many as possible homes could be electrified using solar and or wind power through solar home system (SHS)
  • Solar power can be used for irrigation and thereby enable many families produce enough and rid of poverty
  • Policy makers can support Civil Societies Organizations spearhead the solar power electrification by influencing rules and regulations with regard to standards of the required equipment

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