3e Hosts Seminar on “Accessing Green Financing for Energy Efficiency”
The Energy Efficiency Engagement (3e) Secretariat of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized a seminar titled “Accessing Green Financing for Energy Efficiency”, held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Hotel Lake Castle. The main focus of this event was to highlight the available financing opportunities for local companies who are looking at implement energy efficiency measures in their facilities. The requirements to access the various financing opportunities, which were very valuable to audience members interested in becoming part of the green finance initiative, were also presented and discussed at this event. Around 70 attendees, primarily from industry fields, along with energy consultants, financial representatives and relevant stakeholders, were present at the seminar.
Executive Director of NCCI, Mr. Hasan Fatheme, kicked off the event, emphasising that energy efficiency is the most direct way for businesses to control and cut their production costs and businesses should consider it as an effective driver for sustainability. Following this welcome note, the floor was opened for Mr. Stephan Skare Enevoldsen, Senior Adviser at DANIDA, to delve into the seminar with an overview of the 3e project, its goals and objectives, and the latest findings from energy assessments performed under the program in the RMG, textiles, ceramics, food, and transport sectors.The baton was passed to Md. Mehbuboor Rahman, Manager of the Green Banking Desk at IDLC Finance Limited, who provided an in-depth overview of the financing options available for pursuing energy efficiency in Bangladesh. After a short break for refreshments, Mr. Tareq Refat Ullah Khan, Unit Head of Corporate Banking at Eastern Bank Ltd., took over to present to the audience the organisation’s green banking initiatives for small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and large corporate clients.
“Energy efficiency is the most direct way for businesses to control and cut their production costs and businesses should consider it as an effective driver for sustainability.” – Hasan Fatheme, Executive Director, NCCI.”