Bangladesh-GTZ Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme
GTZ is working with Bangladesh on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program with the following objective: "The decentralisation of renewable energy supplies to households and businesses has improved and available energy is used more efficiently. Poorer families, too, are in a position to replace appliances such as traditional stoves and kerosene lamps, which are obsolete and pose serious health hazards."
"Poverty reduction depends on development, which in turn depends on energy. To ensure that Bangladesh’s population receives an improved energy supply, it is important to first create an enabling environment. The programme supports the government with regard to the anticipated change processes. Public institutions are advised on policy and strategy development and energy providers prepared for technical innovations. Stakeholders such as trade associations and civil society organisations are informed about the technical and financial aspects of projects to introduce renewable energies and enhance energy efficiency. The programme supports the use of energy-saving appliances and production processes and promotes the dissemination of technologies based on renewables, such as solar energy systems and biogas plants."
Results achieved so far
"Solar energy plants are being established more rapidly in Bangladesh than in any other country in the world. The government is in the process of setting up a coordination centre for the promotion of renewable energy. A turnaround in public opinion will guarantee the sustainability of the change in course. The rural poor are given microcredits to help them purchase solar panels. Improvements in the energy supply open up new prospects for the socioeconomic development of the poor. Children can read and study in the evenings and, thanks to modern cooking devices, women are spared the harmful effects of smoke from open fires. Natural resources are conserved and toxic emissions curbed."
Further information can be accessed at the project website.