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‘Eco-friendly production key to achieving SDGs’
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‘Eco-friendly production key to achieving SDGs’

Bangladesh produces eco friendly jeans. independent file photo

To achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the private industries have to be more eco-friendly, said experts at a roundtable in the city on yesterday, reports UNB.

They said as 78 per cent of the total production comes from private industries and entrepreneurs there is a need to develop an environment-friendly corporate culture where country’s environment would not be compromised for economic development.

If production process causes contamination of the environment, Bangladesh will fail to achieve SDGs, they opined.

Experts were taking part in the discussion on ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG Goal 12), Role of Private Sector’ held at a city hotel organized by Action Aid in league with University of Liberal Arts (ULAB) and Macomm.

SDG-12 featured prominently in the discussion as this goal stands for sustainable consumption and production for promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all.

Md. Aminul Islam, Professor of Environmental Science and Management of North South University (NSU), quoting an ongoing research of Action Aid said, “If the industry increases one per cent in Bangladesh, environmental

pollution levels increase to 12 per cent because the production process is not durable and

eco-friendly”.

He also said, 17 per cent of the total electricity use can be reduced as well as 21 per cent of total pollution also can be cut through eco-friendly production process but this is not happening.

He expressed his anxiety over the possibility of quick deterioration of environment as Bangladesh is stepping to developing countries for which industrialisation will also increase as well as the scopes of pollution.

The speakers also asked the government to bring relevant change over policy which

will encourage and, moreover, push the

private sectors to step forward for sustainable production.

Rabeth Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Macomm, said besides the production chain, the consumers have to be more conscious about recycling.

He stressed on building consciousness among people as they can manage the waste properly and stop using plastic products.

Representatives of different private industries came up with their initiatives to create a sustainable production system and asked the people to be more aware about consumption and waste management.

Farah Kabir, Country Director of Action Aid conducted the programme.

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