100% renewable energy in Bangladesh

The Project’s Vision

The goal was to develop a 100%RE roadmap for Bangladesh, as part of Bangladesh’s industrialisation process and Sustainable Low Carbon Development objectives. More specifically, the roadmap looked at creative uses of innovative RE technologies, to adapt to the country’s unique geography.

The key findings of the work so far:

  • Bangladesh needs to transition to 100%RE by 2050, in order to be in line with the temperature limits set forth in the Paris Agreement;
  • Investments into fossil fuel costs outweighs investments needed to embark on a 100%RE pathway by 180%;
  • A decentralised energy system can significantly boost rural economy and facilitates gender equality;
  • Electrification of the transport sector with solar rickshaws can significantly improve air quality in cities;
  • Energy imports will decrease.

Eventually, Bangladesh would embark upon a path, based on a decentralised energy system while increasing stable energy access to 100% within a generation, improve air quality by electrifying local transport and the cooking sector, and increase energy sovereignty.

To do so, the team embarked upon a series of activities:

  • Study tour in Bangladesh to the coastal region of Chittagong, to see how climate change affects the lives of millions. Decentralised, portable energy systems can play a crucial role in adapting to such an extreme lifestyle, in which people need to relocate frequently, due to land erosion close to the coasts and rivers.
  • Workshop series in Dhaka with RE experts from the government of Bangladesh, development organisations, financing institutes, think tanks and civil society organisations to discuss deployment of floating RE technologies to harness Bangladesh’s huge solar and off-shore wind potential, to determine the specificities of a 100%RE roadmap and disseminate findings.
  • Parliamentary hearing with German legislators in the Bundestag, to discuss the necessity to reform the traditional paradigm of “energy for development” into “renewable energy for sustainable development”. And how donor countries such as Germany can contribute in the transformation whilst improving the lives of many through identified leverage projects.
  • International advocacy at key events such as the UN Climate & SDG Summit and COP to disseminate findings to the international stakeholder community to inspire, enable and facilitate. “