February 2012: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Government of Bangladesh on Energy Research. The MoU afforded the UK universities and institutes to partner with colleagues in Bangladesh to develop research projects on renewable energy, and work relating to energy technologies, systems, services and policies. The development of an integrated national energy and emissions model was the first project discussed in the workshop, organised by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS). Monjur Mourshed (then at Loughborough University) and Jan Kiso (then at UK DECC) explored possible routes for developing a tool similar to the UK 2050 with Bangladeshi stakeholders, including the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR).
June 2012: A workshop was held in Whitehall (DECC’s premises) and Loughborough University, UK to identify: (a) energy development challenges in Bangladesh, and (b) initial structure of the 2050 model. Bangladeshi representatives from the Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB), Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, and International Centre for Climate Change and Development participated in the workshop hosted and led by Dr Mourshed at Loughborough University.