Shafiqul Alam was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's International Climate Protection Fellow at Ecologic Institute. His research interests included climate and energy policy with a particular focus on climate mitigation and sustainable energy. A native speaker of Bangla, Shafiqul is fluent in English and learning German.
In his research work at Ecologic Institute, Shafiqul concentrated on how carbon pricing tools can contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation in Bangladesh and what lessons can be drawn from the experiences of other countries. He thereby consulted with relevant stakeholders from both Bangladesh and Germany, including policymakers, think tanks, experts and academia. The core findings of his one-year research fellowship at the Ecologic Institute are documented in his report "Carbon Pricing to Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Efforts of Bangladesh: Design features and rationale" [pdf, 0.7 MB, English].
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Shafiqul worked with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Bangladesh as Senior Advisor in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP). He was the task lead for drafting National Energy Audit Regulations of Bangladesh, which has been approved by the government of Bangladesh. Among other things, he was also involved in industrial energy efficiency projects and worked as the task lead for developing a Green Climate Fund project for the people affected by climate change on the coast of Bangladesh. Before that, during his five-year tenure at Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC), he managed two Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the polluting brick kiln sector. In addition, he coordinated a study on industrial energy efficiency involving 120 industries across six sectors. He also drafted the IIDFC's green banking policy. Notably, the CDM projects at the IIDFC helped make the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15), held in Copenhagen, carbon neutral.
An engineer by background, Shafiqul holds a master’s degree in environmental economics. In his master’s research, he investigated the opportunities and challenges of developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) in Bangladesh.