The government has taken a move to incorporate energy conservation issues and use of renewable energy in development of urban areas.
Two government agencies — Urban Development Directorate and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority — on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding in this regard.
While addressing the event, Power Division secretary Ahmad Kaikaus said the government agencies concerned should focus more on energy conservation than increasing energy production from renewable sources.
He also suggested introducing in various urbanisation regulations rewards for use of renewable energy and energy conservation and penalties for inefficient use or wastage of energy.
‘All the residential, commercial and industrial structures will be energy efficient allowing maximum use of natural light and air and will have rooftop solar system to meet a part of electricity demand. There will be space for solar parks and wind farms for appropriate cases as well as to generate electricity from waste,’ SREDA deputy director Md Nafizur Rahman told New Age.
Under the agreement, the UDD would initially develop Mymensingh city corporation, Mirsarai municipality in Chittagong and Payra municipality in Patuakhali as green cities and townships, said its director Khurshid Zabin Hossain Taufique.
He also said the government was trying to increase planned use of land and other natural resources.
SREDA chairman Md Helal Uddin said both the authorities would carry out campaigns for energy conservation and use of renewable energy under separate projects.
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