Access to sustainable energy is crucial to maintain the impressive growth Bangladesh has achieved over the years. Focus on adoption of renewable energy solutions and energy efficient technologies can pave the way for industries to have a sustained growth and create jobs. Denmark supports green growth initiatives and sustainable development through the development cooperation strategy “The Right to a Better Life” and support Bangladesh in sustainable energy efforts through a number of initiatives – latest through the new Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (CCAMP).
Why is Denmark supporting sustainable energy?
Denmark has substantial know-how and expertise in sustainable energy, energy efficiency and environmental management. With energy demand in Bangladesh rising swiftly as a result of rapid urbanization, industrial growth and expansion of irrigation based agriculture – Danish green growth initiatives within sustainable energy will provide synergies between Danish supported development and commercial activities in Bangladesh. Only about 50 million people out of a population of 160 million have access to the electricity grid and further economic growth is seriously threatened by insufficient energy supply. Promoting sustainable energy and increasing energy efficiency in Bangladesh will contribute in poverty reduction and in attaining the Millennium Development Goals.
How is Denmark supporting sustainable energy?
Denmark supports sustainable energy development in Bangladesh through the new Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (CCAMP). CCAMP is a two-year programme (July 2014 to June 2016) and has been designed based upon lesson learned from the Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Project 2013-14 and as part of the preparation for Denmark’s planned support to a Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Programme from 2016-2021.
The Programme is focused on climate change adaptation as well as on mitigation issues. The adaptation part is focused on construction of climate resilient rural infrastructure in the Southern part of Bangladesh. The mitigation part will promote waste-to-energy from poultry manure and raise awareness on energy efficiency, to stimulate the market for energy efficiency in industries.
On sustainable energy development CCAMP has two engagements:
1. Waste-to-Energy Engagement
This engagement is implemented by the International Finance Corporation and will promote waste-to-energy in poultry and large dairy farms throughout the country by applying successes from previous experience. In addition the engagement will reach out to service providers and financial sector stakeholders to explore and develop partnership opportunities.
A knowledge hub on waste-to-energy and handling/enhancement of organic fertilizer from biogas slurry, including technology transfer will be developed in a partnership between Bangladesh Agricultural University and Aarhus University.
2. Energy Efficiency Engagement
The Energy Efficiency Engagement is implemented by the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NCCI), an industrial association covering all key energy consuming sectors of the Bangladeshi economy with a large supply network and a focus on green growth and corporate social responsibility.
The intended outcome is that more companies will have embarked on energy efficiency initiatives and that these companies will have access to sound professional advice and guidance as well as access to funding to implement energy efficiency investments.
An energy efficiency facility will be established within the NCCI, a knowledge resource will be created and studies (e.g. energy audits and investment assessments) will be undertaken. Details of the studies will be used to develop lessons learned papers and fed back into the capacity development and knowledge resource activities of the engagement.
The 3e initiative is a programme implemented by NCCI and funded by DANIDA. The overall aim of the 3e is to reduce CO2 emissions from selected industries and minimise costs related to energy consumption. This will be achieved by investigating the business case for Bangladeshi companies to implement energy efficiency measures. Read more here.
In addition to this, lessons learnt from the CCAMP will contribute to the design of the planned Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Programme for 2016-2021.