To mark the occasion of successful installation of 500,000 Bondhu Chulas (Improved Cooking Stoves) in Bangladesh, German Development Cooperation and the Department of Environment organized a rally and discussion program in the capital today (Sunday, 27 April 2014). The rally started from the Central Shaheed Minar in the morning and ended at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium where the discussion session was held afterwards.
Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju, Minister for Environment & Forests was present as Chief Guest at both events. Mr. Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Didarul Ahsan, Managing Director of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust and Dr. Albrecht Conze, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany were also present at the occasion. The discussion programme was chaired by Mr. Shafiqur Rahman Patwari, Secretary of the Ministry for Environment and Forests.
TheBondhu Chula installations were done under the “Sustainable Energy for Development” (SED) programme implemented by the German implementing agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). In 2012, Bangladesh Climate Change Trust, Department of Environment and GIZ jointly undertook the project “Market Development Initiative for Bondhu Chula”, which aimed at installing 500,000 stoves throughout Bangladesh, with the long term goal of replacing all traditional stoves with Bondhu Chula by 2021.
Bondhu Chula is an improved cooking stove that saves fuel, prevents indoor air pollution, protects health of the users and serves the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. GIZ is working to promote the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in Bangladesh and has been supporting the dissemination of Bondhu Chulas all over the country since 2006.