Members of Parliament from different political parties in Bangladesh will persuade the Ministries of Finance and Public Administration for the speedy implementation of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority Act-2012 (SREDA).
The SREDA Act was passed by the Government in December, 2012 to establish the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority as a separate entity in the power sector, for the development of renewable energy across the country.
The Authority will serve as the nodal institution for identification, promotion, facilitation and overall coordination of all national renewable energy and energy conservation programs. However, the authority is yet to be established, even after six months of the passage of the Act.
In a meeting held on 4 July by the Climate Parliament Group of MPs and UNDP in the Bangladesh Parliament on ‘Implementation of SREDA Act’, the Parliamentarians also proposed to raise the issue of SREDA in the next meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.
The meeting was also attended by the officials of Ministry of Power, renewable energy experts and representatives from industry and media. Tanvir Shakil Joy, MP and Convener of the Bangladesh Climate Parliament Group gave the opening remarks and also outlined the ways forward and future actions by the parliamentarians. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP and co-convener also suggested several short term actions that can be undertaken immediately.
The Chief Guest, Mohammad Shubid Ali Bhuiyan, MP and the Chair, Standing Committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources, proposed a meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in the near future, so that SREDA becomes an active organization to achieve higher economic growth and social development.
The meeting of Climate Parliament MPs emphasized the need of an action plan for SREDA and a road map for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Bangladesh has an enormous potential in renewable energy and energy efficiency. However, the lack of enabling environment, national policy framework and implementation barriers for renewables are major challenges.
The Parliamentarians meeting were of this opinion that SREDA should be able to engage and influence all stakeholders, especially the private sector for the rapid development of the renewable energy market in Bangladesh.
SREDA should also reach out to the millions of off-grid populations providing them energy access and meeting their energy demands. SREDA should also be able to demonstrate institutional leadership to help the country in harnessing technological opportunities and in implementing the mitigation plans of climate change and sustainable energy for all.