IEERD organized a seminar on “Energy and Environment: Global Warming and Fossil Fuel Usage”


On 20th January 2020, Institute of Energy, Environment, Research and Development (IEERD), UAP organized a seminar titled “Energy and Environment: Global Warming and Fossil Fuel Usage”. The seminar was delivered by Professor Rashid Hasan, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA. The seminar was attended by A. K. M. Kamaluddin Choudhury, Mr. Quyum Reza Chowdhury and Dr. M. Alauddin (Members of BOT), Pro VC Professor M. R. Kabir, 30 faculty members and around 200 postgraduate and undergraduate students of UAP. Several external experts also attended the seminar.

Professor Rashid Hasan explained the significant issues of energy, environment, global warming and fossil fuel. The use of fossil fuel greatly changed our environment, especially air, for the worse. Burning fossil fuel inevitably produced carbon-dioxide, a green-house gas, that allowed greater heat retention and started global warming, melting of polar ice caps, and the rise of sea level. For a low elevation country like Bangladesh, sea level rise could soon lead to disastrous consequences to Bangladeshis. The speaker also explained the relation between fossil fuel usage and global warming and the alternative uses of energy resources to reduce the percentage of the emission of carbon-di-oxide.

This presentation focused on alternative fuel usage to reduce greenhouse gas production and issues with such usage. The effort by the petroleum industry to reduce its carbon footprint was also discussed.

Among others, Air Cdre Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury (Treasurer), Sarwar Razzaq Chowdhury (Registrar UAP), Professor Tapan Kumar Chakraborty (Head, Dept. of EEE), Prof. Dr. Md. Sultan Mahmud (Head, Dept. of BSH) and Professor Dr. Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman (Director, IEERD) were present in this seminar.