PHOTO: Recycling boost

The Jamaica Observer gave its internal recycling capacity a boost just in time for Earth Day with the addition of bins dedicated to the collection of single-use plastic bottles at its Beechwood Avenue head office. The bins were donated by beverage distributor Wisynco, whose Environment Communication Officer Shelley Dunkley is seen here making the presentation to the Observer’s Executive Editor - Publications Vernon Davidson on Friday. Earth Day was observed around the world on Saturday. (Photo: Joseph wellington)

The Jamaica Observer gave its internal recycling capacity a boost just in time for Earth Day with the addition of bins dedicated to the collection of single-use plastic bottles at its Beechwood Avenue head office. The bins were donated by beverage distributor Wisynco, whose Environment Communication ... Read More

The hills of Bellas Gate, St Catherine Gov’t approves transfer of key mining licences to Carube Copper
TRANSPORT and Mining Minister Lester “Mike” Henry has confirmed that the official transf ... Read More

A view of a volcano in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. US giant Discovery plans huge Costa Rica eco-resort
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AFP) — Discovery Communications announced plans Tuesday for a massive US ... Read More

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, chairman of the board at Wolmer’s High School for Girls Lincoln McIntyre, and manager, renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Dr Peter Ruddock, inspect the solar panels at the school where the PCJ installed a $3-million solar PV system and carried out a $4-million LED lighting upgrade. (Photo: Courtesy PCJ) Yes, we can have low cost electricity from JPS
Every Jamaica Public Service (JPS) customer can have electricity at prices even lower than those in ... Read More

Earth Day 2017 is this Saturday

Wednesday, April 19, 2017    

Earth Day, also called International Mother Earth Day, will be observed in 192 countries around the world this Saturday, with a focus on environmental and climate literacy. “Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defence of environmental protection,” Earth Day Network says on its websi ... Read More

Jamaica moves 74 places up on Global Energy Index

Wednesday, April 19, 2017    

Andrew Holness

Jamaica has moved 74 places up on the World Economic Forum’s Global Energy Architecture Performance Index for 2017, going from 166 to 92. The report analyses countries’ transition towards more affordable, secure and sustainable energy systems. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a US$330-million 190-megawatt (MW) power plant, dubbed the Renaissance Project, at Old Harbour Bay in St Catherine, last Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the improved ... Read More

Jamaican, Canadian energy researchers sign MoU

Wednesday, April 19, 2017    

British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Dr Kim Dotto (left) and emPOWERed Caribbean head Dr Gary Jackson sign the MOU to establish an energy research unit. Permanent secretary in the energy ministry Hillary Alexander (second right) and senior trade commissioner at the Canadian High Commission Julie Forrest observe. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Canadian support for Jamaica’s energy sector has been strengthened with the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on March 13, 2017 between Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), and Jamaica-based Caribbean Energy Solutions Research Institute (CESRI). Dr Usha George, vice-president, Research and Innovation for at CUE, and Dr Gary Jackson, principal director of CSERI, signed the agreement on the campus of Ryerson University. The MoU seeks to facilita ... Read More

Jamaica ratifies Paris Agreement

Wednesday, April 12, 2017    

(From left) Acting Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme Elsie Laurence Chounoune, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for the Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investment portfolios Daryl Vaz, and Director in the Climate Change Division Una May Gordon celebrate Jamaica’s ratification of the Paris Agreement at Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel yesterday. (Photo: Mark Simpson).

The Government of Jamaica yesterday announced that it has ratified the Paris Agreement — the global groundwork for combatting climate change and to intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable, low-carbon future. The agreement was struck in Paris in 2015, and came into force in November 2016, 30 days after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — accounting in total for an estimated 55 per cent of the tota ... Read More

Land boundary restriction

Wednesday, April 12, 2017    

The market for household solar in Jamaica is too small to sustain dedicated solar installation companies. They would starve; I have tried. This is almost entirely due to the monopoly licence for all-island supply held by Jamaica Public Service (JPS), making it illegal (or at least anti-competitive) to supply private power across the boundaries of individual premises. Only power for individual, personal use is allowed. Grouping blocks of residences and supplying same from a centralised solar arra ... Read More

A rebranded Wigton can drive energy transformation

David Cooke | Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley (second left) examines a piece of equipment at the Wigton Windfarm, in Rose Hill, Manchester, on Thursday. Occasion was the official opening of the Renewable Energy Laboratory at the facility. Others (from left) are Group General Manager at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Winston Watson; general manager at the facility, Earl Barrett; and Wigton Chairman Dwayne Smith. (Photo: JIS)

The following is part six of an eight-part look at the pace and future of renewable technologies: To do a quick recap, we have seen that we can stop devaluation in its tracks if we eliminate fuel imports for both electricity and transportation (see Part 4). We have also seen that by switching from imported fuel to domestic sources, we tap into the cheapest global sources of energy — solar and wind — causing electricity generation costs to be slashed in half (See Part 2). We have see ... Read More

IMPACT launched in Caribbean

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Participants in the IMPACT regional inception workshop, which wraps up at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston today. (Five Cs)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is wrapping up a regional climate change workshop at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston today, which marks the launch of a four-year project in the Caribbean that will support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) around the world. It’s called IMPACT, and is being implemented by Climate Analytics gGmbh, with support from Climate Analytics Lome (Togo), Charles and Associates (Grenada), the Secreta ... Read More

Electric vehicles a better bet than diesel and gas

David Cooke | Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

Part five of an eight-part look at the pace and future of renewable technologies Transportation in Jamaica is powered by imported fuels, the importation of which costs us annually a bit more than the Jamaica Public Service’s fuel bill (as seen in last Wednesday’s article at the link provided for Jamaica’s energy flow chart). The petrol drag exceeds JPS’s use of roughly 70,000 barrel equivalent of daily oil, which even the mathematically challenged amongst us can quickly ... Read More

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica expands

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

(From left) Sponsorship and events manager at Wisynco Jermaine Brown, founder and CEO of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay, representative of Negril Education Environment Trust Kristina Hanniford, and executive director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund Dr Carey Wallace check out the contents of one of the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica clean-up kits distributed to community groups at Knutsford Court Hotel yesterday. (Garfield Robinson)

In February 2015, a catchy jingle hit the airwaves. “Nuh dutty up Jamaica, please don’t dweet” it went, urging people not to litter. It was part of the social education component of the Clean Coasts Project being implemented by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), and was accompanied by stickers of an oversized garbage bag, messages in both traditional and social media, and Internet personalities. It was designed to target adults and was not intended to be complemented by any ... Read More

Wigton to offer renewable energy training course in April

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

Windmills at the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester (Observer File)

Registration is now open for a certificate course in solar thermal technologies at Wigton Renewable Energy Training Lab in Rose Hill, Manchester, from April 5-7, 2017. Solar water heater suppliers and technicians, energy enthusiasts, educators and students in energy related fields, and members of the general public are invited to enrol in the three-day programme which Wigton says will provide a “thorough overview of solar thermal technology with an emphasis on the measurement and distribu ... Read More



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