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Call for efficient use of energy to make businesses competitive

DHAKA, Aug 27, 2017 (BSS) - Efficient use of energy helps businesses to be more competitive, encouraging optimum cost of doing business and energy security, observed speakers at a business forum in the city on Saturday.

"Energy is critical to the incremental economic growth. Bangladesh has got scarcity of primary energy against its compound need in multiple utility exclusively textile, RMG, metal, cement, plastic good, ceramic, fertilizer and power generation industries," said Director of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce of Industries (DCCI) Engineer Akber Hakim at the forum.

DCCI and METABUILD Bangladesh, an EU funded project, organized the business forum on "Resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) and Its Benefits for Metal Industries" at DCCI auditorium in the city, said a press here today.

Akber Hakim said the RECP initiative is a proven approach in many Asian and European countries in shaping the industrial efficiency.

"If RECP is introduced in our industries, we would be able to reduce 25 percent energy consumption, 15 percent resource waste in Bangladesh," he added.

He said cost of energy will increase in future and in that case all have to be energy efficient to be competitive in the production market.

He said RECP allows industries to increase process efficiency while decreasing environmental impact and cost.

Project Manager of METABUILD Project ASM Asaduzzaman Patwary commented that energy security and efficiency are critical challenges for Bangladesh.

"Industrialization in Bangladesh cannot progress and facilitate the expected economic growth without uninterrupted energy supply in future," he added.

Considering the limited energy resource, he said, Bangladesh can adopt the RECP as it is a holistic approach to enhance environmental performance of industrial enterprises by reducing wastages of resources at source.

Among others, General Secretary of Bangladesh Auto Re-rolling Mills Association M Shahidullah, President of Bangladesh Electrical Merchandise Manufactures Association Mohammad Aftab Jabed, and Senior Vice President of Bangladesh Electrical Cable Manufacturers Association M Moajjem Hossain also spoke at the event.

About 40 participants from 20 different industries were present on the occasion.