Bangladesh climate plan gives mixed message for gas

By Peter Stewart 16 November 2016
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Offshore Resolute jack-up rig offshore Bangladesh. The country is facing a crisis in gas supply. (Seadrill) Offshore Resolute jack-up rig offshore Bangladesh. The country is facing a crisis in gas supply. (Seadrill)

Bangladesh is among the most vulnerable of all heavily populated countries to global warming because extensive areas of the country lie close to sea level. Located on the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is on the flood plain of several major rivers that drain from the Himalayas, which increases its vulnerability to extreme weather events such as the recurrent seasonal cyclones. If sea levels rise, it will be more affected than any other country barring the Small Island Developing States.

Bangladesh estimates it will need $40 billion of investment between now and 2030 to implement climate adaptation measures, and a further $27 billion for mitigation measures. It has pledged a 5% unconditional cut in greenhouse gas emissions from the power, transport and industrial sectors by 2030 compared with a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario and a 15% conditional cut dependent on attracting finance and investment, as well as requiring technology transfer and capacity-building.

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