Huawei, the world’s leading ICT infrastructure provider, and the trade association representing the apparel industry, BGMEA, will work together to address the current energy crisis and move Bangladesh forward on its greening path. BGMEA President Faruque Hasan and Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited CEO Pan Junfeng signed an MoU on behalf of their respective organizations for this purpose at the BGMEA Complex in Dhaka on Sunday.
According to BGMEA, the entire world and Bangladesh is going through a turbulent time due to the fossil fuel and gas crisis. In such a context, it has become more important than ever to move towards alternative energy sources and focus on green energy options like solar panels to move the country towards greening. Realizing these issues, BGMEA has partnered with Huawei to find green energy solutions.
Under the agreement, Huawei and BGMEA will work together to turn the factories into ‘green factories’ by shifting garment factories towards green sources of energy. Huawei will install solar power plants in BGMEA-listed factories following two modules, OPEX and CAPEX. In the OPEX module, factory owners can enjoy lower tariff rates than grid electricity.
On the other hand, under the CAPEX module, the factory owner will enter into a long-term repayment agreement with the investor. After the payment is completed, the factory owner will own the solar panel system. In addition, the factory owners will invest themselves to install the rooftop solar system and save electricity costs by using solar energy. In both cases, BGMEA will control the processes and act as a communication link between Huawei and the factory.
Meanwhile, under the MoU, Huawei and BGMEA will have the opportunity to install more than 2 GW of solar rooftop systems in the garment industry, which will likely generate 2,600 GW of clean electricity per year. At the same time, it will reduce the pressure on grid electricity and help the country deal with the ongoing energy crisis.
The system will help factories avoid 1.40 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, which is equivalent to planting 2.14 million trees. Such initiatives will help the industry to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to a large extent and help factories become cost-effective. Enjoying electricity tariff rates at cost will help save money.
In this regard, Faruque Hasan said, one of the goals of BGMEA is to ensure long-term development in the garment industry and equal opportunities for all, proper use of energy, determination of renewable energy sources and reduction of carbon footprint. Hence investment in smart technology to ensure renewable energy sources and proper utilization of energy has become imperative for the industry.
He said the OPEX model can be an ideal model for factories. Through the OPEX model, factories will be able to use the unused portion of their rooftops to produce green and renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Pan Junfeng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, said that Bangladesh’s apparel sector is currently facing a power crisis, increasing the cost of apparel production. As a solution to this, Huawei is working with BGMEA to meet more electricity demand through green solutions (solar power). Above all, it will reduce the pressure of excess power supply on the national grid and help factories to become green factories.
BGMEA Vice President Shahidullah Azim, Director Harun Ar Rashid, Director Neela Hosne Ara, Chairman of BGMEA Standing Committee on Press, Publication and Publicity Shovon Islam, Chairman of BGMEA Standing Committee on UD-Woven and Knit Md. Nurul Islam and general members of BGMEA were present at the MoU signing ceremony.