Oxford scientist Myles Allen points to latest energy technology for Bangladesh

Oxford scientist Myles Allen points to latest energy technology for Bangladesh

A leading Oxford scientist has said that for Bangladesh to achieve its development goals, it will have to make full use of the latest energy technology.

Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the University of Oxford, told Bangladesh’s Daily Star last week that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is ‘the technology Bangladesh is going to need in the long-term to exploit Bangladesh’s coal reserves without putting CO2 into the atmosphere.’

Since 2000, Bangladesh has managed to lift 16 million of its people out of extreme poverty. The country’s rapid industrialisation has been powered by cheap and reliable energy. To keep up that progress, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she will need to continue using low-cost conventional fuels.

Ms Hasina set out her case recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, telling a panel:

‘We have to provide energy to our people because I have to develop our country…We have to ensure food security. We have to give them job opportunities.’

Professor Allen said that CCS ‘works, it just costs money’, and argued that it’s the responsibility of the international community to make the technology more widely available.

The comments follow news that Bill Gates’s new energy innovation fund is also backing CCS.

It’s vital that developing countries can produce the electricity they need to grow and escape poverty. By ensuring they have access to the latest energy technology, we can help them on that journey and build a more secure and prosperous world.

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