Everybody to work for energy saving, conservation: Azad


 DHAKA, March 4, 2018 (BSS) – Principal Coordinator on SDG affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad today expressed his firm hope that everybody in the country would work for energy saving and conservation in their day to day life.

“I hope that everyone in our day to day life will work for every saving and conservation,” he said.

The Principal Coordinator was speaking as chief guest at a dialogue titled ‘Introduction to an intelligent gateway i.e: “Energy Efficiency & Conservation Business Coalition” on the last day of the four-day 9th International BID Expo and Dialogue-18 held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the city.

The dialogue was Organised by ExpoNet Exhibition and hosted by Power Cell, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) and JICA.

Citing an example from his personal life, Azad said, “If each of us try, then obviously we can have less energy bill and consumption,” Putting emphasis on conservation and preservation of all types of energy including power, Azad said: “We’ve to work on how we can do more with less for attaining energy efficiency,”

He also noted that conservation and preservation of all types of energy would help to attain the SDGs.

Additional Secretary and member of SREDA Siddique Jobaer termed energy efficiency as the ‘first energy’ saying that the government is trying to promote energy efficiency in the country.

He said energy efficiency makes an impact on reduction of production cost as well as help sustain the environment.

Senior Representative of Jica Bangladesh office Koji Mitomori said Jica would continue to support energy efficiency efforts in Bangladesh.

Noting that there is serious potential for energy efficiency in the country, Mitomori said energy efficiency needs to achieve short and long-term goals.

Director, investment and head of advisory of Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) Nazmul Haque said the IDCOL has already around $800 million investment in renewable energy and the IDCOL is fully ready to extend the private sector to launch their ventures to attain energy efficiency.

Executive Director and CEO of BIFFL SM Farmanul Islam also spoke on the occasion while national president, Indian heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineers, Vishal Kapoor and SR Asia Bangladesh country director Sumaiya Rashid were present, among others, on the occasion.