‘Developed nations need to show greater energy responsibility’

Staff Correspondent

6 April, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Energy adviser Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury on Wednesday said developed countries should demonstrate greater ‘energy responsibility’ towards the demand side management of power wastage and make frontier technologies for smart and renewable energy available to developing countries.

He made the comments while addressing the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum in Bangkok as the leader of Bangladesh delegation, said a release.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has achieved an unprecedented breakthrough in achieving energy security by quadrupling the power generation and championing the energy and power grid connectivity with immediate neighbour in the past nine years,” said Dr Tawfiq.

Bangladesh was highly praised at the forum for its remarkable success in increasing electricity penetration from 45 percent to 90 percent since 2009, including installation of five million home solar systems, the highest in the world.

Energy ministers from more than 20 countries from the Asia and the Pacific region met at the programme in Bangkok to commit effective implementation of SDG7 for enhanced energy security and sustainable energy for Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.  Chowdhury led the Bangladesh delegation at the Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum, the ministerial level platform for enhanced energy security and sustainable use of energy.

At the opening ceremony of the forum, Under Secretary of the United Nations and UNESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Virasakdi Futrakul and Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia Kirill Molodtsov also spoke.

Earlier, the Energy Adviser called on the Thai Energy Minister Dr Siri Jirapongphan at the Ministry of Energy to discuss bilateral cooperation in energy sector.

During the meeting, both sides agreed to work on a framework cooperation agreement on energy sector, said a press release.

The Thai Energy minister stressed regional cooperation for ensuring sustainable energy for all.

The Energy Adviser also paid a courtesy call on the UNESCAP Executive Secretary at her office.

At the meeting, the Executive Secretary has agreed to conduct a feasibility study for frontier technology in the energy sector for renewable and sustainable energy for Asian and the Pacific countries.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand and Permanent Representative to the UNESCAP Saida Muna Tasneem and ERD additional secretary Md Anwar Hossain were present at the meeting.