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RMG INDUSTRY

Even 10% conversion to solar can cut emissions significantly

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Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry can cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 4.5 million tonnes in 20 years even if only 10 per cent of the factories start operating on solar power.

These are the findings of a Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) study, presented at a national dialogue titled “Green Growth and Just Transition in Bangladesh: The Need for Corporate and International Cooperation,” held in The Westin Dhaka on Tuesday.

The event was organised by Oxfam in Bangladesh. On behalf of CPD Executive Director Fahmida Khatun, visiting fellow Estiaque Bari presented the report.

Estiaque said, “If 10 per cent of the current RMG sector’s energy demand can be produced from solar, it will produce a maximum of 5 lakh tonnes of emission in 20 years – which will be 10 times lower compared to emissions produced by electricity generated by natural gas.

“Our preliminary estimate suggests that it takes 7 to 8 years to reach break-even [after the investment in solar power]. With a 20-year lifetime of solar panels, a factory can enjoy net benefits for an additional 10 to 12 years [with diminishing rate of efficiency].”

According to the US-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimation, solar power produces lifetime emissions of 40g of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases per kilowatt-hour.

The estimated electricity demand of active Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) member factories is 6,251GW/h, which is 7.3 per cent of the country’s total electricity generation.

The RMG sector is the largest industrial contributor to carbon dioxide emissions at 15.4 per cent, followed by the textile sector at 12.4 per cent.




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