Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Energy Efficiency Committee to develop action plan for T&T

Photo courtesy the Public Utilities Ministry.

Photo courtesy the Public Utilities Ministry.

Government has placed energy conservation and efficiency high on the agenda with the establishment of a Cabinet-appointed committee mandated to develop a five-year action plan for the use of energy in all sectors of Trinidad and Tobago.

The committee, comprising representatives of Government ministries and agencies held its first meeting at the Public Utilities Ministry last Friday. The committee is expected to submit a report to the Public Utilities Minister, to be forwarded to Cabinet in three months’ time.

Several sub-committees were formed at this meeting for the purposes of examining and reporting on energy efficiency and conservation initiatives being implemented internationally; global standards of energy efficiency; energy efficiency for the transportation sector; and where Trinidad and Tobago ought to be positioned over time as it relates to energy efficiency.

Addressing the committee, Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte said a coordinated approach to energy conservation could result in a win-win situation for both citizens and country, overall.

He said apart from the economic benefits, the environment will also benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Minister added that a comprehensive education programme was needed to change citizens’ attitudes on energy conservation.

He noted that the promotion of energy efficiency and energy conservation across all sectors has the potential to boost economic growth and enhance prosperity, support social development and advance environmental sustainability.

The formation of the committee signals Government’s commitment to developing and executing a full-scale energy conservation and energy efficiency programme for the country in keeping with the National Development Strategy - Vision 2030, and the National Environment Policy.

Sitting on the committee are representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Planning and Development, Works and Transport, Tourism, Public Administration and Trade and Industry; the National Gas Company, the National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, the Environmental Management Authority and the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.

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