On 27 June 2021, a Seminar was organized by Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD), focusing on “Power Sector Plans: Scopes and Challenges of Emission Reduction under the Enhanced NDCs”. The discussion took place virtually from 11 am to 1.30 pm. Mr. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive of CPRD, anchored the meeting. In his opening speech, Md Shamsuddoha portrayed the present situation of the development plans of the government. In order to comply with global objectives, development should be green and clean. The objectives of the Paris agreement must be followed in order to save global endangerment. In order to achieve global temperature below 2 degrees, the developed country will need to follow a carbon-neutral economy by 2030 and developing countries by 2040, and least developed countries by 2050. So Net zero emission needs to be achieved globally by 2050. Our development sector has to work accordingly. So these contradictions, Global requirements, and obligations will be discussed in this seminar. He started the discussion with a question: Are power generation plants compatible with a target of NDC, or will it become a challenge?

After the opening speech by Mr. Shamsuddoha, Ms. Rumana Sharmin, Senior Research Associate of CPRD, presented a comprehensive presentation on “Analysis of country’s power generation plans and targets, including the renewable ones, to identify scopes and gaps in terms of NDC enhancement”.  She exchanged her vision to promote energy efficiency programs and also the challenges. She concluded her discussion by talking about renewable energy sources and their potentials.

A number of resource persons have expressed their views on the topic of the seminar’s discussion. Besides, there were many participants from national and international NGOs, government bodies, and other Civil Society Organizations.

Dr. Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Research Director of CDP gave an insightful discussion on the seminar’s topic and pointed out that the government has stopped 10 Coal power plants. However, a New Coal energy supply should not be added. If LNG is used instead of coal, that will not lead to much progress. All the projects must rely on renewable energy. Afterward, Md Ziaul Haque, Director of Department of Environment, expressed, “Paris agreement is not fully legally binding document neither is it a voluntary. Some mandatory provisions are mainly around NDC., So NDC is an important topic in regard of Global and Paris agreement”. Another distinguished guest Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Executive Director of BELA uttered that the development vision on energy should be changed drastically. The budget should be given for renewable energy. She concluded her session by asserting, Institutional capacity must be increased in order to achieve a clean environment. After that, Dr. Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed, Director of PKSF (Environment & Climate Change unit) said, “Our targets need to be achieved so that our country along with other countries do not suffer”.

A vibrant group discussion was held after the presentations where participants from different CSOs shared their valuable comments and suggestions

The seminar ended with a vote of thanks from Rabeya Begum, Executive Director SDS, and treasurer CPRD. She thanked all the experts and concluded by requesting the government to look into this matter.

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