Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, highlighting the effects of climate change, has said that her country would be among the worst-hit even though the carbon emission of the country remains very negligible
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, highlighting the effects of climate change, has said that her country would be among the worst-hit even though the carbon emission of the country remains very negligible.
The remark came when the president-designate of the scheduled 26 UN Climate Conference (COP26), Alok Sharma, met Hasina in Dhaka on Wednesday. Sharma came to Dhaka to invite her for participating in the COP26 which is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November this year under the presidency of the United Kingdom.
During her meeting with Sharma, Hasina said Bangladesh expected the UK to promote the interest and priorities of the climate-vulnerable countries on international platforms, reported The Daily Star.
Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim later said the duo discussed various issues like the climate change situation, its adverse impacts, mitigation, Climate Change Fund, and Covid-19 pandemic.
Over the last few years, the Bangladesh government has been increasing the use of renewable energy sources to fill the country’s increasing power demand. Currently, Bangladesh has an overall 5.8 million solar power connections.
Sharma also hoped that Bangladesh being the president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum will play an important role. He also appreciated Bangladesh's adaption of clean energy technologies and their resilience and also assured the country of support for the clean energy transition.
“We can work together to make sure that it is not just the public finance but also private finance that is coming into Bangladesh,” Sharma was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.
In his meeting with Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin, he raised the coal power industries in the country. “We planned to have around 40% renewable energy by 2041. We’ll be looking for more renewable energy and we’re asking for technology to support renewable energy,” Momin responded.