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Energy audit to be made mandatory

Sreda waters down industries' worries

| Updated: November 12, 2019 14:38:42

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Energy auditing in big industries will be made mandatory soon to check waste while reducing costs of industrial output.

Around 200 industries of different sectors including power plants and textiles, will be covered under the mandatory auditing, said Siddique Zobair member on energy efficiency and conservation of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority, or Sreda, on Saturday.

Other sectors include fertiliser, chemicals production, paper making, food processing, steel, and cement.

Mr Zobair, however, promised that the mandatory auditing would not be worrying for the industry owners, rather be beneficial to them.

The state authority will act as a facilitator to ensure energy efficiency in industries and other energy consuming sectors, he added.

The Sreda top official revealed this at a press briefing on a forthcoming international conference.

The conference on energy efficiency and conservation awareness will take place on November 11-12 at the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon.

Under the newly-enacted Energy Audit Regulation, the industry owners shall have their first energy audit conducted by an accredited auditor within two years of the notification issued by the authority.

The interval for conducting the subsequent energy audits shall be three years from the date of past inspection. The industrial units will have to appoint managers from their pool of certified energy auditors to carry out the management function in compliance with the provision.

The units will have to comply with energy consumption norms and standards as set by the authority, provide necessary documents to the accredited energy auditor during energy audit, permit the auditors or the officers of the authority to enter their premises and extend cooperation during the auditing process.

Regarding the conference, he said the Sreda in association with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP) of the German donor agency GIZ has organised the conference to discuss and share the experiences and themes on energy efficiency and conservation issues among the experts from participating countries.

Experts from eight countries--Bangladesh, China, Japan, Germany, India, Vietnam, Nepal, and Croatia-will be attending the conference.

Some 20 participants from different countries have already confirmed their participation in the conference, said Mr Zobair.

GIZ senior advisor Shafiqul Alam also addressed the press conference and Sreda assistant director Taufiq Rahman made a presentation on the conference.

Mr Zobair said the experts from public and private sectors, including technology providers, financial institutions, banks and energy companies will participate in the conference.

State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid will inaugurate the conference while chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources Mohammad Shahiduzzaman Sarker will address the concluding session on November 12.

Bangladesh has achieved around 8.4 per cent energy efficiency since 2013 when the Sreda started work on the issue.

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