Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Waterkeepers Bangladesh jointly organized a discussion meeting on “Renewal Energy Prospect in Bangladesh” on Monday, 19th February 2018 at 10.30 am in the National Press Club VIP conference room. BAPA vice president Khandakar Bazlul Haque presided over the event. Honorable State Minister for the Ministry of Power and Mineral Resources Mr. Nasrul Hamid MP was present as the chief guest. As the keynote speaker Professor of the University of California Dr. Daniel M. Kammen gave his speech on renewable energy prospect in Bangladesh in light of his study on renewable energy potential in Bangladesh. BAPA general secretary Dr. Md Abdul Matin and Mr. Sharif Jamil, joint coordinator (BAPA) and coordinator of Waterkeepers Bangladesh was also present in the program.
Professor Khandaker Bazlul Haque said, “We want environment friendly fuel. For the betterment of the country and the people he called for an electricity development plan through open discussion”. He hopes that the government will create the environment of a friendly decision for the development of the electricity sector of Bangladesh. The key note speaker Professor Danel M Kammen of University of California, Berkely, who researched on the opportunity of investment in clean energy of Bangladesh, read out the summery of his findings in the meeting. Prof. Danel revealed that in his study he found, Bangladesh has a high potential of generating solar energy at a lower costs than coal based power by destroying unique assets like the Sundarbans. Mr. Alauddin, joint secretary of Rnewable Energy Division of the Ministry of Power, Prof. Badrul Imam, DU, Prof. Saiful Haque, President of Solar Institute Bangladesh, Dr. BD Rahmatullah, former DG of Power Cell, Dr. Mohd. Abdul Matin, General Secretary of BAPA and Sharif Jamil, Coordinator of Waterkeepers Bangladesh also spoke among others in the event.