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Minister of Housing and the Environment Dr Roodal Moonilal says he is committed to exploring alternative sources of energy to lower the country’s levels of carbon emissions. Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday at his George Street, Port-of-Spain, office, Moonilal said a task he planned to embark on was exploring and implementing the use of alternative energy sources. He said the ministry was looking into the exploration and use of solar power in Government buildings and housing. Moonilal said he had worked on two proposals for the use of solar power.

He said the first proposal was in collaboration with the Housing Development Company (HDC) where solar panels would be added to Government housing to reduce the levels of electricity used by each household. Moonilal said the second proposal was in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Transport. He said he planned to meet with the Minister of Works and Transport, Jack Warner, to discuss the use of solar-powered traffic lights, which he added was used in most developed nations. Moonilal also plans to raise awareness of environmental conservation, saying it should be, “the concern of every man.”

He said he planned to make environmental awareness “mainstream” and would launch an educational campaign to inform the public on the importance of environmental protection. When asked about reforestation programmes after many of the country’s hillsides were burned bare over the dry season, he said such propositions had been discussed and a portion of the Green Fund would be used for reforestation. Moonilal said the Ministry also planned to encourage a recycling industry to reduce waste. He said he would also push for legislation to enforce penal sanctions for environmental infractions such as improper waste disposal and the littering of rivers and other waterways. Moonilal also ensured no smelter would be built.

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