The Power Ministry’s recent proposal to cancel coal plants is long overdue and a positive step towards an efficient energy system for Bangladesh. But switching from coal to LNG will keep the status quo. Emissions from natural gas are the same as coal. Instead of switching from coal to gas to renewable energy, Bangladesh can make a just transition to renewable energy.
To keep global temperatures within 1.5-degree Celsius, any plans to build new fossil fuel infrastructure must be canceled. Coal and LNG should be kept out of any future energy master plan. The government must revoke approvals of the proposed construction of new coal-plants or ones that have exceeded the contract period. Most of these coal plants will not be made by 2025. In order to reduce power and energy emissions to zero by 2050, we must transition to 100% renewable energy by shutting down all fossil fuel-based power plants.
Bangladesh needs to take immediate and effective steps to seriously address the climate breakdown risks and move towards a 100% renewable energy system by 2050.
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Bangladesh must keep coal and gas out of its energy transition plans and cancel all coal plant projects and use the land to kickstart new solar energy projects. Time for a Green New Deal. Join the movement.
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