Mitigating climate change is often thought to detract from other national goals, such as economic growth, job creation, and improved public health. Work under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Catalysing Clean Energy in Bangladesh (CCEB) program has shown that clean energy can provide Bangladesh with not only cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation, but also affordable electricity, and the same could hold true for countries in similar circumstances. The analysis was based on modelling using detailed plant-level data from the Bangladesh power sector.
This case study summarises the Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation (RALI) project’s modelling efforts and quantifies the potential job impacts associated with two different clean energy scenarios, as well as the health benefits derived from cleaner air. Taken together, these benefits to people and the economy demonstrate unambiguously that clean energy alternatives should be the preferred choice over continued reliance on conventional electricity sources, and should be considered when making long-term planning decisions regarding energy generation.
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