Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), an organisation working for protecting the environment, has hailed the government’s decision to scrap coal-based power projects.
It formally expressed its reaction on Friday after a report headlined ‘Bangladesh scraps 10 coal power projects’ was published in the Daily Sun on Thursday.
“We’ve learnt from national daily the ‘Daily Sun’ that the government has scrapped 10 coal power projects. On June 21, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed a summary paper in this regard. State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid has confirmed the development to the Daily Sun,” the release said.
Describing the decision as a commendable step towards achieving sustainable development goals and blue economy, BAPA called for a road map to implement the decision immediately.
It said coal-based power projects have been at the centre of controversy since 2010 as Bangladesh Power System Master Plan (2010) adopted 29 proposals laying emphasis on coal-based power for making the country energy sufficient by 2030.
The scrapped coal-fired projects include three proposed plants in the private sector, four in the public sector and three joint-venture ones.
The projects are Munshiganj 522MW project and two 282MW projects (Dhaka and Chattogram) owned by Orion Group, 1320MW Moheskhali Plant, 1320MW Ashuganj Plant in Patuakhali, 1200MW Uttarbanga Super Thermal Power Plant in Gaibandha and 1200MW phase-2 Matarbari Power Plant in the public sector, a 700MW Singapore-Bangladesh joint-venture plant, 1200MW CPGCL-Sumitomo Corporation joint-venture plant and a proposed 1320MW Bangladesh-Malaysia joint-venture project.
BAPA called for the country’s shift to 100 percent renewable energy giving farewell to other options.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the chairperson of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and she is committed to strengthening climate action and adaptation efforts by enhancing the Paris Agreement, it said.
“We believe the scrapping of the coal-based power project has reflected the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as CVF chairperson as well as her prudence,” said BAPA.