In a visionary move, a recent study by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has reportedly unveiled the potential for Bangladesh’s power sector to create over 9,300 jobs in the renewable energy domain. This uplifting prospect hinges on the government’s commitment to meeting its renewable energy targets by 2030. The CPD’s report emphasizes the need for a holistic strategy to elevate the skill set of the workforce, encompassing rigorous training, retraining, and a curriculum overhaul in educational institutions.
Titled “Energy Transition in Bangladesh: Its Implication on Employment and Skills in the Power and Energy Sector,” the study strongly advocates immediate investments in workforce development. It aligns with the ambitious Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, which strives to empower Bangladesh to generate a substantial 6,000 megawatts of electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind farms by 2030. If this plan comes to fruition, it could nearly triple the current workforce, increasing it to 13,778 from the current 4,500.
The CPD’s projections are calculated based on two primary job functions: one involves construction, installation, and manufacturing, while the other pertains to operations, maintenance, and processing. Beyond these, the renewable energy sector will require technical positions, ranging from renewable energy technicians to energy storage specialists, smart grid engineers, environmental planners, and energy efficiency experts.
Additionally, conventional roles such as executives, sales and marketing officers, and engineers specializing in mechanical, chemical, and electrical fields will be in demand. Khondaker Golam Moazzem, the lead author of the study, underlined that energy transition transcends mere technical modifications. It embodies a profound shift in production techniques, encompassing a wide spectrum of economic, social, and environmental dimensions.
The Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan sets an ambitious trajectory, envisioning an overall electricity generation of 28,975 MW in 2030, with renewable energy contributing a remarkable 17.4 percent share. Currently, renewable energy accounts for only 4.6 percent of the total, underscoring the transformative potential of the plan. The study anticipates a substantial reduction of 27.8 percent in fossil fuel usage and an impressive 80.1 percent surge in renewable energy consumption within just seven years.
This prospective transition is particularly significant for a country blessed with abundant sunlight, yet grappling with daytime power shortages and costly furnace oil for electricity production. The CPD’s recommendations include a call to revamp academic curricula, foster collaboration between academia and industry, bolster local manufacturing, establish mechanisms for tracking green job creation, devise transition plans for fossil fuel workers, and conduct further research into emerging concerns.
In a nation where the sun shines brightly, this renewable energy expansion not only illuminates the path to sustainable power but also promises to brighten the future for thousands through meaningful employment opportunities.
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