Jute biodegradable bags will reduce environmental pollution
By Adnan Tazvir
Shahab Uddin, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), said, the government’s efforts to invent jute bags as an alternative to environmentally polluting polythene bags are still ongoing. He also added that it has not been possible to produce biodegradable polythene from jute yet due to some limitations. The inventors will be able to market it by June 2022. To this end, the government is allocating necessary funds to the concerned innovators through the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust.
The minister was speaking at the 54th meeting of the Board of Trustees on Climate Change and he presided over the meeting.
Noting that the use of jute biodegradable polythene will reduce environmental pollution, he added that if the use of jute biodegradable polythene as an alternative to polluting polythene can be introduced, a new horizon will be opened in protecting the country’s environment.
The Minister said that despite the limited resources, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is making continuous efforts to address the impact of climate change.
Mentioning that the government is active in tackling the risks of climate change, the Minister said, there 789 projects have been taken up in Bangladesh at a cost of Tk.3,362,32 crore by 2020 with the funding of the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund. The government is working sincerely for the proper implementation of these projects for the welfare of the people affected by climate change.
The meeting took other important decisions, including changing the type of projects funded by the Trust Fund to address climate change risks.
Md.Abdur Razzak, Minister, Agriculture, Tajul Islam, Minister of Local Government, Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Minister of Food, AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister, Zahid Farooq, State Minister for Water Resources, State Minister for Shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, Fazilatun Nesa Indira, State Minister for Women and Children, Habibun Nahar, Deputy Minister for MoEFCC, Ziaul Hasan, Secretary of MoEFCC, Dr. Ainoon Nishat, Distinguished Water Resources and Climate Change Specialist, and other members of the board were present at the meeting.