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Destructive Power Plants of Bangladesh

Anwara Coal Power Plant: Anwara, Chittagong: 1300 MW (Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan): ProposedBangladesh-Singapore Coal Power Plant (Phase-I): Matarbari, Maheshkhali Upazila, Cox's Bazar: 700 MW (Sembcorp, Singapore): Proposed Bangladesh-Singapore Coal Power Plant (Phase-II): Matarbari, Maheshkhali Upazila, Cox's Bazar: 700 MW (Singapore): Proposed Banshkhali Coal Power Plant (Beximco): Banshkhali, Chittagong: 660 MW (Power China Resources Ltd (PCR)): Proposed  Banshkhali Coal Power Plant (S. Alam Group) also called Chittagong Coal Power Plant: Banshkhali, Chittagong: 1224 MW (Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO3) and STG Development Group, China): Under Construction Barapukuria Coal Power Plant (Phase-I): Bara Pukuria, Parbatipur, Dinajpur: 250 MW: In Operation  Barapukuria Coal Power Plant (Phase-II): Bara Pukuria, Parbatipur, Dinajpur (Harbin Electric and CCC Engineering, China): 275 MW: In Operation Barisal 307 MW Coal Based IPP P…

Energy Related Acts and Policies of Bangladesh

Acquisition and Requisition of Immovable Property Act 2017 (Bengali). Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA), Dhaka: 10 July 2017 
Acquisition and Requisition of Immovable Property Ordinance 1982 (Oridnance No. II of 1982). Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA), Dhaka: 13 April 1982 
Alternative Power and Energy Plan for Bangladesh (Draft). National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Power and Ports, Bangladesh (NCBD), Dhaka: 22 July 2017 
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Act 2003. Energy and Mineral Resource Division. Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MOPEMR), Dhaka: 24 July 2003 
Country Action Plan for Clean Cookstoves 2013. Power Division. Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MOPEMR), Dhaka: November 2013
Electricity Act 2017. Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA), Dhaka: 14 November 2017 
Electricity Act 2018. Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA), Dhaka…

Energy Related Resources of Bangladesh

Ahamad, M. and Tanin, F. (2013).Next power generation-mix for Bangladesh: Outlook and policy priorities. Energy Policy 60 (2013) 272-283Ahmed, Z. (2011).Electricity Crisis of Bangladesh: Result of Organizational Inefficiency?. Energy and Environment Research. Vol. 1, No. 1: December 2011Allen, R.C. (2012).Backward into the future: The shift to coal and implications for the next energy transition. Energy Policy 50 (2012). 17-23 Assignment Point (undated).Coal as a Source of Electrical Energy in Bangladesh Akash, B.A., Mamlook, R., Mohsen, M.S. (1999).Multi-criteria selection of electric power plants using analytical hierarchy process. Electric Power Systems Research 52 (1999) 29-35 BankTrack (2015).Equator Principles Analysis of the Rampal Coalfired Power Plant Project, Bangladesh. BankTrack: June 2015 Bhuiyan, M.A.H., Islam, M.A., Dampare, S.B., Parvez, L. and Suzuki, S. (2010).Evaluation of hazardous metal pollution in irrigation and drinking water systems in the vicinity of a coal mi…

Ensuring Justice for the Women in and effectiveness of Global Clean Cooking Program - Bangladesh (GCF Project # FP070)

1. BACKGROUND Green Climate Fund (GCF), the new multi-billion climate fund, was designated as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, in accordance with Article 11 of the UNFCCC. The COP 16 brings the issue into light and after COP 20, now GCF has become successful to a certain extent in initial resource mobilization process that led to the mobilization of $10.3 billion to date by contributing parties. The institution was proposed in 2009 Copenhagen Conference, Denmark and formed in 2010 Cancun Conference, Mexico. Headquartered in Songdo, South Korea, GCF started funding in 2015. 
Bangladesh has been very active in the UNFCCC negotiations for long and has also taken a pragmatic approach as soon as the GCF emerged. In September 2014, the government of Bangladesh nominated Economic Relations Division (ERD) of Ministry of Finance as the National Designated Authority (NDA) of Bangladesh to GCF. As per standard procedure, NDAs are chosen by governments to act as the …

Ulaanbaatar Action Plan 2016

Assuring Affordable, Accessible and Quality Public Services for All
Social Justice: social protection for all, decent work and sustainable livelihoods, essential services, and tax justice and other egalitarian alternatives to debt and austerity measures

Social justice is based on the principle of keeping people rather than profit at the centre of policy-making. It seeks to stop and correct the major historical impacts of the dominant socio-economic geopolitical system: chronic poverty, and widening inequality and exclusion. Neo-liberal capitalism has become politically, economically, socially, and ecologically unsustainable. As Stiglitz said about ten years ago: “at the level of people the system does not work.”
Concretely, in Asia, despite a booming economy, workers' rights are crushed amid massive joblessness, work informalisation, and poverty-level income; peasants are dispossessed of their land; and millions live in hovels with barely any access to necessities for a life of di…

Manila Political Declaration 2018

Asia Europe People’s Forum
Manila Conference, 13 to 15 February 2018
One very clear message came out of this conference: public services should be in the hands of public authorities and citizens and be fully and exclusively committed to serve the society as a whole. Some speakers put emphasis on the role of the state, others on municipalities and still others on citizens and their self-organisations. But they all agree public services must not be made into profit-making mechanisms, such as international institutions and too many governments now tend to do. The privatisation efforts of the past decades have failed. Many essential services are not affordable for the majority of poor people, quality is substandard, employment and wages are undermined. Research shows that privatisation leads to excess profits for corporations and high costs for the public. Whether we speak of water, health care, education, public transport, energy, in each and every sector the same problems arise. Moreove…

Barcelona Declaration 2018

Our common social future: Commoning and sharing for society, the environment and the economy. A programme for a democratic, participatory and transformative social protection BARCELONA DECLARATION Social justice is at the center of all our concerns and of all our efforts to work for a better world. These are shared concerns in Europe and Asia. Levels of development differ widely between these global regions, but also within them. The superrich in Asia have now overtaken their counterparts in Europe. However, at the level of social justice and more particularly social protection, labour law and social services, developments in Europe and Asia are similar and are dictated by the same neoliberal philosophy, strengthened by conservative forces. Today, social protection is high on the international development agenda, for example through the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the ILO’s Social Protection Floors and the European Union’s Pillar of Social Rights. While these initiatives are int…

Global Charter for Universal Social Protection Rights: By All, For All

We, progressive social movements, concerned with the growing social distress of people all over the world and faced with multiple problems of war, environmental degradation and climate change, rising inequalities and persistent poverty, economic crises, austerity policies and growing authoritarianism, erosion of all human rights, discrimination and intolerance, hereby plead for universal social protection to be taken as a tool for peace and social justice: Recalling the old truth that peace is not possible without social justice, as was stated already in the Constitution of the ILO in 1919. Recalling that the community of nations has developed a major set of rights, more particularly a Universal Declaration on Human Rights, two international Covenants on political and civil rights, on the one hand, and economic, social and cultural rights on the other hand, including a right to an adequate standard of living. Other legal instruments include more specific rights of children, women and…

Dighipara Ultra Super Critical Thermal Power Plant (NWPGCL)

News Clippings
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27 Oct 2017: Government to build 500MW power plant at Dighipara: The Dhaka Tribune
11 Sep 2016: Govt to install 660MW plant at mine mouth of Dighipara: BPDB to sign a MoU with Chinese firm to implement the project: The Daily Sun

Payra LNG Power Plant Project (NWPGCL-Siemens)

News Clippings --------------------------------------------------- 05 Nov 2017: MoU signed to build Bangladesh’s largest LNG-based power plant at Payra: The Dhaka Tribune 04 Nov 2017: 3,600-MW LNG based power plant to be built at Payra: The Dhaka Tribune

Gazaria Coal Power Plant (RPCL-China)

News Clippings ------------------------------------------------ 07 November 2015: RPCL to set up 350 MW coal-fired power plant in Munshiganj: Energynewsbd.com

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Green Climate Fund (GCF), the new multi-billion climate fund, was designated as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, in accordance with Article 11 of the UNFCCC. The COP 16 brings the issue into light and after COP 20, now GCF has become successful to a certain extent in initial resource mobilization process that led to the mobilization of $10.3 billion to date by contributing parties. The institution was proposed in 2009 Copenhagen Conference (COP 15), Denmark and formed in 2010 Cancun Conference (COP 16), Mexico. Headquartered in Song-do, South Korea, GCF started funding in late 2015.

GCF Policies
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Business Model Framework: Results Management Framework 2013 Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) 2018 GCF in Brief: Direct Access (undated) Gender Policy and Action Plan 2014 Gender Assessment and Action Plant Template (under Gender Policy)Indigenous Peoples Policy (IPP) 2018Information Disclosure P…

Patuakhali Coal Power Plant

News Clippings --------------------------------------------------- 21 September 2016: Bangladesh: RPCL to build 1,320MW coal-fired power plant in Patuakhali: SteelMint.com

Barisal Coal Based IPP Power Plant (ISO Tech-PCR)

News Clippings
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06 August 2018: Coal-fired power plant in Barguna despite environmental concerns: The Daily NewAge
26 July 2015: Govt now moves to take up medium coal-fired power projects: The Daily Sun

Enhancing Adaptive Capacities of Coastal Communities, especially Women, to Cope with Climate Change Induced Salinity (FP069)

Name of the Project: Enhancing Adaptive Capacities of Coastal Communities, especially Women, to Cope with Climate Change Induced Salinity (FP069)
Project Location: Khulna and Satkhira District, Bangladesh
Number of Beneficiary: 719,229 Persons (about 245,516 direct and 473,713 indirect)
Type of Project: Health, Food and Water Security
Land Acquisition: Not Applicable
ESF Risk Category: B (GCF ESF)
Project Period: 6.0 Years
Financier: Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Executing Agency: Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA)
Receiver Entity: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Sponsor: Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Government of Bangladesh

Important Dates
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Proposal Submission: 25 September 2017
First Revision: 14 November 2017
Second Revision: 11 December 2017
Third Revision: 25 January 2018
Final Submission: 16 March 2018
Project Approval: March 2018
Project Starting: 1 July 2018
Project Co…

Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Mainstreaming in Bangladesh (FP004)

Name of the Project: Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Mainstreaming in Bangladesh
Project Location: Barguna, Bhola and Satkhira District, Bangladesh
Number of Beneficiary: 10,534,350 persons
Type of Project: Infrastructure and Built Environment
Land Acquisition: Not Applicable
ESF Risk Category: B (GCF)
Project Period: 6.0 years
Financier: Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Executing Agency: Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Government of Bangladesh
Receiver: Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Sponsor: Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Government of Bangladesh

Important Dates
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Proposal Submission: 3 August 2015
First Revision: 31 August 2015
Second Revision: 10 September 2015
Third Revision: 25 September 2015
Final Submission: 15 October 2015
Project Approval: November 2015 (Decision Number: B.11/11)
Project Starting: 1 April 2016 (Revised: 16 March 2018)
Project Completion: 31 March 2022 (Revised: 15…

225 MW Power Project in Bhola: Indian Shapoorji to relocate its installed plant

News: Daily Newage
3 July 2015, 12:38 am
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Manjurul Ahsan The government is likely to allow Mumbai-based Shapoorji Pallonji Group to relocate a 225 MW power plant, which is already installed in India, to Bhola in Bangladesh without a tender. Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Limited, a subsidiary of the group, claimed Tk 3 (3.8431 US cents) for supplying each unit or kilowatt-hour of electricity to the state-run Power Development Board for 15 years, officials said.
    The power and energy ministry at a meeting on June 24 approved a proposal of gas supply to the plant for 15 years from Shahbajpur gas field in Bhola, which is not connected to the national grid for gas transmission, they said. The project would be implemented under the controversial Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provisions) Act, 2010 which has been criticised as the law gives indemnity to the officials and policymakers from investigation and prosecution.     …