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EU initiative working towards green energy transition in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent
15 Jun 2022 18:43:22 | Update: 15 Jun 2022 18:46:44
EU initiative working towards green energy transition in Bangladesh
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Team Europe Initiative on Green Energy Transition (TEI GET), a joint collaboration between European countries and financial institutions promoting energy efficiency measures, engaged in a field visit to three renewable energy projects in Savar on Tuesday.

The visit was attended by Germany and the European Union (EU), as TEI GET co-chairs, along with high-level representatives of Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, AFD, GIZ and KFW, the EU delegation in Bangladesh said in a press release on Wednesday.

The visit was also attended by Md Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary, Renewable Energy, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MoPEMR) and Md Golam Mostofa, Additional Secretary, Member Admin, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA).

During the visit’s discussion meeting, Johannes Schneider, Head of Development Cooperation, Germany, highlighted EU Member States’ common interest to support Bangladesh in achieving their national goals and international commitments in the field of renewable energy through the Team Europe Initiative.

“This Initiative will allow us to better coordinate and consolidate our engagement in the green energy sector and strengthen our relationship with the Bangladesh government and the private sector,” he said.

Maurizio Cian, head of cooperation, EU Delegation, highlighted the transformational approach of Team Europe and said, “Team Europe’s common values and expertise in renewable energy are key drivers of this initiative. Team Europe provides the framework to deliver European support to the government of Bangladesh, with the ambition of a transformational impact in accelerating a green and just energy transition.”

Mostafa Kamal, additional secretary, Renewable Energy, Power Division, MoPEMR, said, “Bangladesh is committed to increase renewable energy contribution in the national power generation mix, to promote appropriate, efficient and environment friendly technology for the development of renewable energy. We are looking forward to implementing our strategies in collaboration with Team Europe.”

The field visit, organized together with Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), started with a guided tour of the operational rooftop solar with net metering system at Snowtex Outerwear Ltd at Dhamrai, Savar, following a discussion meeting with TEI GET, IDCOL, Snowtex management and government counterparts.

Later, the group visited an IDCOL project, co-financed by KFW, of solar irrigation pumps, and a domestic biogas plant in Dhamrai.

TEI GET, launched in Dhaka in June 2021, aims at supporting Bangladesh to build a power system that leads to maximum coverage of the country’s energy demand through renewable energy while reducing GHG emissions, energy consumption and demand through energy efficiency.

TEI GET, co-chaired by Germany and the EU includes EU member states Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and like-minded countries like Norway and Switzerland.