Published:  12:00 AM, 30 October 2016

Increased dependence on coal termed suicidal

NGOs want govt to reconsider power policy

Speakers termed Bangladesh's plan to increase coal dependence suicidal. They urged the government to redirect present energy subsidy, which is 13 million dollar, toward renewable energy rather giving it to private companies for rental power plants.  Besides, they said that at present the use of coal in power sector is 4 percent which will be 30 percent by 2020 as per the current graph. 

Speakers at a rally organized by twenty-four civil organizations in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday made the call. The program was held in observance of month of 'Reclaim Power 2016: Transforming to Renewable Energy and to Stop Climate Crisis'.  The groups put forward eight proposals in this regard including-promoting renewable energy, decrease coal dependence for the sake of environment, step towards de-carbonization in energy sector and ensuring all buildings constructed with solar energy source.

Sayed Aminul Haque of EquityBD said: "Government claim success of solar home installation. But there is hardly any subsidy in this sector." Subal Sarkar of Bangladesh Bhumihin Samity mentioned that if government goes for Rampal coal-based power plant risking the Sundarbans, it will tarnish national image and hamper climate finance from abroad.

Mostafa Kamal Akhanda of COAST said that World Bank is maintaining double standard as they promised for clean energy but are financing coal-based power plant in Rampal.

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