Published: May 30, 2018
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has officially launched the US$40 million Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) through which energy efficiency interventions, aimed at reducing the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) energy spend, will be implemented at 80 government facilities across the island.
According to a release from the PCJ, the primary objectives of EMEP are to reduce electricity and fuel consumption by improving energy efficiency in the public sector through retrofits at government facilities and the improvement of urban traffic management in order to shorten travel times. In addition, the EMEP aims to strengthen the technical capabilities of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) to enhance energy planning.
The programme, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility, was launched today at a workshop held at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston.
The workshop brought together stakeholders to discuss EMEP’s objectives, expectations of the programme’s sponsors and donors and the government’s perspective on the anticipated outcomes of the programme.
Speaking at the programme launch, Group General Manager of the PCJ, Winston Watson, said that while the PCJ has been supporting the Government ‘s objective of diversifying the country’s energy mix in the medium term, for the short term the PCJ has been actively forging partnerships to access funding for energy efficiency projects which will reduce energy consumption in the public sector and bring some immediate savings.
“With the implementation of the EMEP we hope to transform energy usage in public sector agencies and promote fuel conservation in the transport sector through modern interventions and a more efficient traffic management system. These measures will not only lower our fossil fuel imports but they should also reduce our carbon footprint which will help to preserve the environment,” Watson added.
In giving her opening remarks at the launch, Dr Malaika Masson, Senior regional Energy specialist and Project Team, Inter-American Development Bank said, “The Government of Jamaica is a signatory to the UN Convention on Climate Change and has committed to reducing C02 emissions by seven per cent. We expect EMEP to avoid 34,000 tons of C02 emissions, marking an important step towards reducing Jamaica’s carbon footprint, one which the private sector is encouraged to follow.”