International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Awareness (ICEECA 2019)

“Awareness is key for an energy conscious society,” was the underlying theme of the International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Awareness (ICEECA 2019) held in Dhaka on 11-12 November 2019. The conference brought together national and international experts, policy makers, and practitioners including experts from TUEWAS (GIZ Sector network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia) - who deliberated on energy efficiency with a focus on raising public awareness on this issue.

The conference was part of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), and REEEP II’s continued joint efforts to contribute towards achieving the goals defined in the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Master Plan of Bangladesh. Over the past decade, Bangladesh’s economy has grown rapidly. The accelerated economy demands more and more energy. The government has undertaken measures to increase the supply of electricity. However, it is just as important to pay attention to the demand -side of energy management.

Energy Efficiency is essentially ‘energy we do not generate’, making it the most economical and pro-environment form of energy. Recent years have seen the rise of many energy efficient technologies, starting from efficient cookstoves at home, to efficient boilers in industries. However, availability of technology does not necessary guarantee its adoption. Individually and collectively, people need information on incentives and positive impacts of switching to such technologies. Hence the conference ignited the dialogue on the importance of energy efficiency and conservation (EE & C) awareness.

Over four thematic sessions, the conference focused on the role of fast evolving Internet of Things (IOTs) and digitization in promotion of energy efficiency and conservation, explore the successful industrial energy efficiency landscape from technical, regulatory, financial and implementation aspects and discuss the role of private sector in catalysing market development of energy efficient appliances.

Over 400 enthusiasts from government institutions, industrial landscape, private sector, academia, and the media participated in the conference and made the technical sessions interactive with their pertinent questions. Conference recommendations focused on the need to align various EE initiatives, developing standards for efficient products, making finance more accessible, and utilizing digital tools for data collection and impact monitoring.

The conference was inaugurated by Mr. Nasrul Hamid MP, Honourable State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, who reemphasised on the government’s aim of achieving 20% reduction of primary energy consumption per GDP by 2030, compared to 2013 levels. He urged everyone to do their part at home, in the community, work place and educational institutes and inspire others for saving energy. Mr. Burkhard Ducoffre, Chargé d’Affaire of German Embassy Dhaka was also present and highlighted the longstanding cooperation between Germany and Bangladesh in the field of sustainable energy. Mr. Md. Shahiduzzaman Sarker MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest at the Concluding Session.