The urgent need to shift from fossil fuel based energy to renewable energy sources is well appreciated all over the world. REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report indicates that renewable energy provided an estimatedmated 19% of global energy consumption in 2012 compared to 16.7 % in 2010. More than hundred countries now have renewable energy policy.
Bangladesh and indeed the South Asia region should concentrate on accelerating the transformation. Bangladesh because of its geographical position is vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change as well. A gradual shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy is thus of vital importance if Bangladesh has to sustain its growth.
Through the renewable energy program WAVE is working with communities to help them make the shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy.
Where to Reach
The aim of the program is to ensure “right to energy” for sustainable livelihood development of the program participants who are mostly dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. The projects under this program had two underlining objectives:
Educating communities of the importance of eco-friendly green energy sources
Cutting down carbon emission through increasing utilization of renewable energy by the target communities. WAVE has been able to effect significant progress on both fronts.
The program provides affordable eco-friendly energy solutions such as solar irrigation systems, solar home system, biogas and bio-fertilizer plant and Improved Cooking Stoves (ICSs), which are particularly relevant to the lives and livelihoods of the program participants.