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Exploring alternative energy sources needed

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  • 14 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Exploring alternative energy sources needed

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Speakers at a roundtable discussion on the country's energy security laid emphasis on exploring possibilities of alternative energy sources and reining in corruption in the sector.

Highlighting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), they called for promoting green energy and focusing more on electric vehicles to reduce dependency on expensive fossil fuels.

The roundtable titled “Energy Security: Current Condition & Way Forward” was organised by Press Xpress (PX), the country’s newest media outlet, on Saturday at its auditorium in Dhaka.

Recommendations were also made for inclusion of renewable energy and energy efficiency-based curriculum in the secondary level education and the development of institutional as well as human resources capacity.

Director of Centre for Energy Research at the United International University Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury presented the keynote paper on current condition and way forward for ensuring the country’s energy security.

He said the world should rethink about environment before using the fossil fuels that causes huge carbon emission which threatens sustainability of the environment.

 “Net metering should be made obligatory for new industrial and commercial electricity connections, including the Economic Zones (EZs) and the Export Processing Zones (EPZs),” he added.

Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) teacher Sheikh Mohammad Fauzul Azim presented a paper on “Energy Crisis: Core Issues & Sustainable Solutions.”

He said the government is formulating an integrated energy-power sector master plan, which is likely to be ready by ensuing November.

Bangladesh LPG Autogas Owners’ Association President Serajul Mawla said green fuel helps us maintain a sustainable environment without any impact on the earth.

“Auto gas is the common name for LPG when it is used as a fuel in internal combustion engines in vehicles. In Bangladesh, the number of LPG-run transport is very low. We should think about the green fuel as part of journey towards sustainable development goals,” he noted.

Super Saver Energy CEO Razzak Hossain Razu also spoke on the occasion while Press Xpress Joint Editor Nashir Uddin moderated the session.

The session was joined by senior journalists, stakeholders and industry insiders. Press Xpress Editor Sheikh Mohammad Fauzul Mubin gave the vote of thanks.