Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 03:24:40 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter
BREAKING NEWS:

Green industrialization is the need of time

By
11th-Mar-2019       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Md. Atikur Rahman :
In case of environment risk, Bangladesh has already been in disaster situation. And if the current trend continues, the situation would be miserable in the near future. So, Bangladesh must strengthen the supervision of environmental protection. If the situation goes out of control, it would need huge money to recover it, and Bangladesh doesn't have the capability to invest.
By 2050, two-thirds of the world's population will live in the cities. With the increase in the number of urban people, industrial demand will be increased. There is no alternative to green technology transfer. Besides, planned urbanization and green industrialization are also be needed to face this enormous population.
Bangladesh has taken various initiatives in this regard. In the light of the action plan, it was presented at the Paris Climate Conference.  Presently, Bangladesh is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5% in the energy and power, transport and industrial sectors. Solar panels have already been set up in 5 million homes for energy saving and getting renewable energy. With the introduction of cleaner production system, green cells are being established in all industries under EPZs.
To make the country environment-friendly, the industrialists and other taxpayers will have to pay more. So that it can be possible to take necessary steps to prevent environmental pollution with this extra money. It will not possible to ensure waste management and other services for green industrialization with current revenue income. We have a shortage of land. For this reason the government is constructing the economic zones to ensure the services of green industrialization. Green industrialization has been given priority for sustainable development in the industrial policy that has been approved. The government will provide various incentives to establish green industries. In the interest of green industrialization, the transfer of leather factory to Savar has been made compulsory.
For the establishment of a green plant, loan of 9 percent interest from banks are available. Since the cost of building green factories is high, the interest rate of this loan will be reduced. The FBCCI has demanded not to impose any duty for import of capital machineries by the environment-friendly green industries. The organization has also demanded to arrange bank loan with two percent interest for environment-friendly industrialization. Apart from this, it has advised to form a Green Development Fund.
The country's economy is now being developed with high levels of adversity. This means the local industry, which is growing in terms of manufacturing risk, has the rank of environmental risk.  Bangladesh Bank had called for green banking and took several effective measures in this regard. With the formula of green banking, I propose to adopt a wide-range of green industrialization program in the country, whose main focus is to save the environment and to promote industrialization.
If any industries are set up, we'll have to make sure that it will not be harmful to the environment or it will be helpful to the contamination. The list of environment friendly industries can be made by BSCIC, the Investment Board, the Department of Environment and other related organizations. Accordingly, it can be sent to the commercial banks and other financial institutions through the Bangladesh Bank for financial assistance on priority basis. Again, there are fears of environmental pollution or environmental degradation under the same venture; so another list can be made by the National Board of Revenue to impose higher tax on such industries.
In fact, there is no alternative to private sector development for the country's industrialization. The speed of industrialization of the country should be as fast as the private sector. The government has taken various steps to encourage private sector and entrepreneurs. In SME sector, entrepreneurs are given loans at a very low interest. Their plots are given on priority basis. We know, President's Industrial Development Award is a part of their encouragement.
According to the sustainable development target, future industries will be environment friendly. Entrepreneurs will have to invest in establishing industries by ensuring environmental protection. That's why not only the policy support, the government will also have to increase financial support. There should be a variety of facilities in the environment-friendly green industry budget. To encourage awareness of environment and environmental awareness of those industries, which are extremely sensitive for environmental pollution, and to create environment awareness, environmental protection surcharges would be imposed only at 1% on all products produced by the industry.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Bangladesh has now 67 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green factories certified by USGBC. Among them 13 are LEED Platinum rated while more than 280 factories are registered with USGBC for LEED certification. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association in association with USGBC and GBCI had launched 'LEED Green Factory Award'. A number of best green building factories of Bangladesh have already been honored with 'LEED Green Factory Award' to recognize their efforts in sustainability by achieving LEED Platinum certification.
According to BGMEA, Bangladesh has the greenest RMG factories in the world; Indonesia is the second largest with 40 green factories followed by India with 30 and Sri Lanka with 10. Now, Bangladesh has the highest number of green factories in the apparel sector which scored 97 out of 110. Other industries in the country should give more focus on green industrialization for environmentally sustainable industry.
On the other hand, due to unplanned industrialization, China's environment and public health are facing serious disasters today. To tackle the situation, China has imposed taxes on carbon emissions in different industries. Also, due to noise pollution, extra tariff will be calculated. The world's second biggest economy China has repeatedly failed to reduce air pollution. It is also facing difficulties to protect crops, save pure water and prevent water pollution.
Four thousand people die every day due to air pollution in China. Due to environmental pollution, 17,000 industrial clusters have been closed in China recently. Many people believe that strict action should be taken to impose customs duty on China to prevent access of industrial pollution in our country. The government, the ministries and departments concerned will have to take quick initiative in this regard. As well as attractive advertisements in the foreign media, and green industrialization program should be widely publicized in the international forums so that consumers show interest in importing goods from the environmentally friendly 'green industry' of Bangladesh.
 'Green industrialization' is no longer just a slogan or call; it is now an inevitable attachment to our existence. It is not only significant from the point of view of economic development; it is also important to face the possible risks of biodiversity in the near future and the possible risk of climate change.
Lastly, to make Bangladesh a middle income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041, it is necessary to focus more on industrial growth. But the art should be planned and environmentally friendly. No agricultural land can be destroyed for the industry. The forest cannot be ruined. Biodiversity cannot be hampered. The energy used in the industry must be environmentally friendly.

(Md. Atikur Rahman, Columnist & Head PRO at BUFT, atik@buft.edu.bd)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Nation's supreme sacrifice for independence must not go in vain


THE nation is set to celebrate 49th Independence Day and National Day today. This year, the Independence Day has got special attention following the announcement of United Nations Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. The special envoy on Sunday said that UN will raise the ...

Cricket »

Brian Lara hopes to witness an India-Pakistan final in WC 2019


Former West Indies legend Brian Lara predicted India as favorites to claim the World Cup title.While the cricketing interactions between sub continental arch rivals hit an all-time low in barometer following never ending political disarray, Caribean living legend has foreseen a repeat of the 2017 ICC Champions' Trophy final where ...

International »

Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near Caracas


Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela's main airport on Saturday, reportedly carrying dozens of troops and large amounts of equipment.The planes were sent to "fulfil technical military contracts", Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter that he saw about 100 troops and 35 tonnes ...

International »

New Zealand's Ardern orders top-level inquiry


New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered a top-level inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks that left 50 people dead.She said a royal commission would examine whether police and intelligence services could have done more to prevent the 15 March shootings.A royal commission is the highest level of independent ...

Entertainment »

I am a part of a film that will help people see beauty in different light: Deepika


Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone has time and again exhibited her thirst for challenging roles with her diverse choice of films. Giving testimony of the same yet again, Deepika will be seen slipping into the skin of an acid victim survivor for Chhapaak and is exhilarated to give to the ...

Cricket »

Rumana receives T20 Team of the Year cap from ICC


Bangladesh Women's team star Rumana Ahmed received the 2018 ICC T20 Team of the Year cap from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday, according to a message sent by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).Rumana is the first Bangladesh player to have been selected in the ICC squad. The right-arm leg-spinner ...

International »

Maduro vows ‘deep’ change in Venezuela government amid pressure


AP, Venezuela :Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro vowed a major shake-up in his government, a sign he is feeling pressure from U.S. sanctions and an international outcry for him to resign."I will in the coming hours announce new government methods and a profound change in the entire government of Venezuela," Maduro ...

Football »

England, France win big, Portugal held as Euro defense opens


AP, London :Big and slick wins for France and England. Not even a goal for Portugal.Even with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Portugal side for the first time since last year's World Cup, the European champions could only begin their title defense with a 0-0 home draw against Ukraine.The goals ...

Sports »

Serena survives scare to advance in Miami


AFP, Miami :Serena Williams survived an "irresponsible" second set lapse on Friday to see off Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in her second-round opener of the WTA and ATP Miami Open."I wasn't really happy with my performance," admitted the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is playing in just her ...

Entertainment »

I was lucky that it wasn't a dance-off - Alia Bhatt


An Abhishek Varman directorial, Kalank starring Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, and Sanjay Dutt has been making headlines ever since its announcement. It was just yesterday when the makers of the film dropped in the first song, titled Gharore pardesiya, featuring Alia and Madhuri ...

International »

Pope replaces Santiago bishop after abuse cover-up claims


Reuters, Vatican City :Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago and the highest ranking member of the Catholic Church in Chile, who has been caught up in the country's sex abuse scandal.A Vatican statement on Saturday said the pope had named Bishop Celestino ...

International »

May makes final push for Brexit deal with new timetable


Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Britain on Friday vowing to make "every effort" to win over MPs opposed to her EU divorce deal, hours after securing a delay to Brexit from European leaders in Brussels.The embattled premier faces daunting odds to persuade recalcitrant British lawmakers to back a plan ...

City »

Gonoforum President Dr. Kamal Hossain speaking at a press conference organised by Gonoforum at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday demanding safe road.


Editorial »

Modernise the railways and make it corruption-free


BANGLADESH Railway has been showing less importance and interest to recover its grabbed lands though thousands of acres of land are now illegally possessed by a section of influential people and some organisations. It has also no visible plan to use many unused lands across the country too. An initiative ...

Editorial »

Save Halda from dying


DEPARTMENT of Environment has revealed that waste from a housing estate and some factories are polluting the Halda river in Chattogram to the extent that it caused dying of fish. Currently, the pollution of the Halda is severely affecting the livelihood of adjacent people, in particular the fishermen. In June ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news