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Transport efficiency critical for implementing MCPP

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Transport efficiency critical for implementing MCPP

Transport efficiency critical for implementing MCPP

Millions of Bangladeshis are currently suffering from scorching temperature. The brutal heatwave has been disrupting farming, endangering lives of people and animals alike. Heatstroke has claimed quite a number of lives.

This situation, experts believe, has arisen as consequence of climate change. And Bangladesh suffers despite the fact that it contributes little to global carbon emissions (0.56 per cent).

The climate change effect will hit the vulnerable population the hardest, and the average tropical cyclone can cost the country around $1 billion annually, according to the World Bank. Its Country and Climate Development Report for Bangladesh expressed apprehension that some 13 million people might become internal climate migrants, and a third of agricultural GDP (gross domestic product) might get lost by 2050. Bangladesh ranks the 7th most vulnerable nation to be affected due to climate change.

Unfortunately, most of the emissions that caused climate change originate in the most industrialised developed countries. They have the responsibility to help vulnerable developing countries to build resiliency and protect their citizens from weather disasters.

As Bangladesh has continuously been facing alarming weather events, the World Bank has urged the country to strengthen its infrastructure to withstand the disaster. The country needs to improve its energy and transport efficiency and raise farm productivity to decrease future emissions while retaining the quality of soil, air, and water.

According to the Bangladesh Climate Transparency Report 2020, the largest driver of overall GHG emissions is CO2 emissions from fuel combustion. Energy-related CO2 emissions increased by 556 per cent from 1990 to 2019. In 2019, the electricity sector - at 34 per cent - was the largest contributor of total CO2 emissions followed by industry and transport with 33 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. These three sectors have grown most rapidly since 1990. Fossil fuels still make up 77 per cent of Bangladeshs energy mix (counting power, heat, transport fuels, etc) and natural gas use has more than doubled over the last two decades to meet demand. Thus, despite the increase in the share of renewables in total primary energy supply over that period, the carbon intensity of the energy mix has increased by 83 per cent.

The governments Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan (MCPP) is aimed at addressing the adverse effects of climate and building a resilient and sustainable economy. The plan seeks to heighten the use of renewable energy taking energy efficiency measures. The strategy has been designed to steer Bangladesh towards a low-carbon and sustainable future.

Implementation of the MCPP requires massive investments and the government alone cannot do it. The private companies are required to join hands to align their projects and commitment to fulfilling the targets of MCPP and fight climate change. So, businesses have the scope to implement it by investing more in sustainable technologies and solutions to the challenges of environmental degradation. Sustainable technology can minimise ecological effects, conserve resources, and promote a greener and sustainable future.

Deployment of renewable energy resources such as geothermal, wind, solar, and hydro can reduce green house gas emissions, air pollution, and dependence on finite resources. Sustainable technology fosters energy-efficient practices across numerous sectors. From energy-saving appliances and LED lighting to efficient building designs and insulation, these solutions decrease energy consumption and reduce environmental impact while saving costs for businesses, households and individuals.

Sustainable technology can also offer greener alternatives in the transportation sector. We all know that the transportation industry significantly influences carbon emissions. Hence, sustainable technology, like electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen fuel cells, and innovative public transportation systems, can play a vital role in decreasing the reliance on fossil fuels and reducing air pollution.

Adopting and implementing sustainable technology can help Bangladesh tackle multiple climate-related issues. Companies commitment to climate-related goals can make a whole lot of difference. We as a Global NEV manufacturer, for example have set an ambitious goal to contribute to dropping the earths temperature by one degree Celsius. The company is working on electrification of urban public transport. As a manufacturer of New Energy Vehicle (NEVs), electric rail transit, and renewable energy, it believes that people adopting and using electric vehicles globally, can be a crucial tipping point in their plans of bringing down the temperature.

Such missions may help build a better world for the current and future generations If other companies operating in Bangladesh have similar missions, the government can conveniently strengthen its infrastructure and fulfill MCPP targets.

Businesses can also help decarbonise the global economy, reducing the earths warming and avoiding the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. The private sector is well-equipped to join the global initiatives to address climate change effects by driving innovations, scaling solutions, and creating community awareness. Companies should accelerate their effort and help the government and the community to build a resilient Bangladesh.

Cittizens, too, have responsibility to make informed decisions on their consumption and change their lifestyles. That includes a sustainable way of life and use of energy-efficient products like EVs can be part of such lifestyle. However, a shift takes place when companies, governments, and citizens work together to attain a common goal - transforming Bangladeshs infrastructures into sustainable ones.

The writer is the Lead, Digital Marketing at BYD Bangladesh







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