US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has applauded Bangladesh for its ambitious climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives despite being traditionally an insignificant emitter.
His appreciation came in a recent letter to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.
In the letter of 13 October 2022, John Kerry also highlighted a number of Biden administration’s actions in combatting climate change, including the new legislation Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
While appreciating Bangladesh for its climate actions and goals, John Kerry also urges it to join several US climate initiatives so that Bangladesh can set a positive example for other large emitters and encourage them to meaningfully participate in the global climate process.
He thanked Bangladesh for its ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted last year before COP26 in Glasgow and requested for further ambitions ahead of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh in November this year. He also assured support of the US government in terms of finding ways to implement the NDC goals.
In the letter, Special Envoy John Kerry also hailed Bangladesh for its announcement of cancelling ten new coal power plants last year. He promised US support for Bangladesh’s energy security, clean energy and energy access goals, including through the Clean EDGE Asia Initiative.
He mentioned that the US State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources looks forward to establishing a new partnership between the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh and Pacific Northwest Laboratory to improve operations and planning to ensure grid stability and reliability to support increased use of renewables; and scheduling a date to launch new collaboration on carbon capture, utilization and storage and blue hydrogen development with Petrobangla.