Clean Energy Transition

UK lawmaker pledges support for Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

3 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

British lawmaker and COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma highly appreciated Bangladesh’s adaptation and resilience pledged to help Bangladesh having a clean energy transition.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Foreign Service Academy on Wednesday, he laid emphasis on alternative sources of energy – clean energy – if the dependency on coal power is cut globally.

In response to a question, the British lawmaker said he discussed the coal power issue during his meeting with Foreign Minister Momen and mentioned that he raised the issue not just in Bangladesh but around the world.

While Foreign Minister Momen said they are scaling down some of the coal power industries as part of reducing dependency on coal power and informed that Bangladesh planned to have around 40 percent renewable energy by 2041.

The Foreign Minister further said that they will be looking for more renewable energy and also asking for technology to support renewable energy in the country.

Alok Sharma arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday morning for a two-day visit to strengthen support for UK COP26 climate priorities ahead of hosting the crucial UN climate change summit in Glasgow in November 2021.

He called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban and attended “UK- Bangladesh Climate Partnership Roundtable” at Foreign Service Academy before holding the joint briefing.

In reply to another question on US$ 100 billion climate fund for developing countries, Alok Sharma told reporter that the donor and developed countries need to step up noting that it is a matter of trust and it is very important they deliver on it.

 “We can work together to make sure that it is not just the public finance but also private finance that is coming into Bangladesh,” he added.

The COP26 President-Designate appreciated Bangladesh’s leadership in terms of adaptation and resilience saying they saw a very limited damage during recent cyclones due to Bangladesh’s works done to that front.

He expressed deep satisfaction over private sector’s interest towards clean energy transition but they want long-term policy and clear regulations from all governments around the world.

Alok Sharma, who is scheduled to visit the Sundarbans today (Thursday), said they want to see further protection given to areas such as mangroves.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Momen said they want to save the planet and added that Bangladesh is capable of doing it if there is strong partnership and collaboration.