PCJ Launches US$40 Million Energy Management & Efficiency Programme
Written By: Stratton Report
June 4, 2018
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.
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 (IDB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility, (EU-CIF) was launched last week at a workshop which was held at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston.
The workshop brought together key 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.
While speaking at the programme launch Winston Watson, Group General Manager of the PCJ said, “While the PCJ has been supporting the Government of Jamaica’s objective of diversifying the country’s energy mix in the medium term, for the short term we have 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,” he 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 7%. 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.”
Further underscoring the importance of environmental preservation and support for the EMEP, JICA’s Resident Representative, Kenji Tobita said, “This project is aligned to the energy sector, emphasizing conservation, one of the priority areas in cooperation between Japan and Jamaica. By implementing this programme we contribute not only to the development of Jamaica but also to the mitigation of climate change.”
Head of Cooperation for the European Union-Caribbean Investment Facility, Richard Bardia Divins also indicated his organization’s commitment to the effort to reduce Jamaica’s spend on energy. “The prospect of reducing Jamaica’s overall cost of energy is something of which we can all be supportive and proud. The European Union is committed to the efficient use of energy and I look forward to the positive outcomes of this programme,” he said.
The Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley said, “Over the years, we have made tremendous strides in our energy conservation and efficiency efforts and this programme will continue on the same trajectory as we seek to create a sustainable energy future for Jamaica.”
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