Project in Bangladesh to offset climate conference emissions
A climate project in Bangladesh, which involves replacing outdated brick kilns in Dhaka, is set to ensure the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) will be climate neutral.
The project has been made possible through an agreement between Denmark, the World Bank and Bangladesh. It will see the heavily polluting, existing kilns replaced by 20 new energy efficient ones, which will cut more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and improve air quality in one of the world’s most polluted cities.
“Bangladesh is one of the countries hardest hit by climate change and there’s an enormous need to help the country with technology and capital transfers. This climate project is one way to help. For the people of Dhaka, it will also mean a noticeable reduction in the amount of particulate matter in the air. As it is, pollution from the existing brickworks is clearly visible, Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard says:
“This is just one of many good, sustainable projects promoting much needed growth in the developing world. It will ensure that the Climate Conference in Copenhagen becomes carbon neutral, i.a. by compensating for emissions stemming from conference delegates’ air travel.”
The Danish government has set aside 0.7 million euro as part of this year’s state budget to offset the CO2 emissions related to COP15. The largest single source of emissions will be the flights taken by decision makers travelling to Copenhagen, where they will seek to work out an ambitious climate agreement.
The goal of the Bangladesh project is to prove that working to prevent climate change can benefit all developing countries – both the more wealthy and the poor, and that reducing carbon emissions and transferring technology go hand in hand with sustainable development and improving the quality of life.
Alongside the Dhaka project, the Danish government is investing in a number of other sustainable initiatives in Eastern Europe and the developing world as part of Denmark’s obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.
Currently, 60 projects focusing on renewable energy, improving energy supply networks, energy efficiency, collecting methane from landfills, etc. are being carried out.
It must be stressed, however, that the Bangladesh project is over and above the Danish Kyoto obligations, and that the emissions reductions received from the Bangladesh project to off-set COP-15 emissions will eventually be deleted so that they cannot be used by the Danish Government or any other party to meet any binding reduction obligations.