International Journal of Environment
(ISSN: 2186-6872 (print). 2186-0009 (online))

Implementing Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) in Bangladesh: Lessons Learned from the Textile and Garment Industry
Nabil Haque
Manufacturing sectors in developing countries such as Bangladesh offer the greatest potential in achieving climate benefits through adopting energy efficient practices. While it is commonly termed as the "low hanging fruit", implementing such practices in Bangladesh faces a wide range of challenges. Considering the national energy supply shortfall, it is only rational to adopt industrial energy efficiency measures. This paper identifies new policy goals and implementation barriers in widespread adoption of industrial energy efficiency, and offers some recommendations in overcoming barriers. The paper also documents innovative practices in the textile and garment industry of Bangladesh, which can be further explored to achieve synergistic benefits. It is suggested that soft & targeted support for addressing high-quality competency gap, harnessing the competitive nature of the sector, easing the process for accessing finance, and developing a national strategy for the sector can go a long way for widespread adoption.
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