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Energy efficient plant in the works


A plant that would convert waste – including that which comes from visiting ships – into energy and lead to a more sustainable environment is one of the plans that the Government of Barbados has on the cards.


This was revealed yesterday by Acting Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, at the Thanksgiving Service to launch the week of celebrations to commemorate World Maritime Day yesterday at the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.


“In the area of environmental protection, Barbados has already taking the lead with respect to our aggressive attempt to going after the green economy and a key aspect of that is the whole waste to energy component and having a waste to energy plant that could generate as much as 50 megawatts and that in fact would also call for ships’ waste to be converted into energy,” he outlined.


He said that this plant would adhere to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in terms of regional cooperation because many cruise ships touch on the shores of CARICOM nations and having such an initiative in place would provide a “wholesome way of disposing garbage and using it to generate energy, reducing our dependency on the fossil fuels while promoting sustainable living”.


In this regard, this administration would also continue their efforts alongside other CARICOM Governments in pushing to have the Caribbean Sea designated as an area that requires special protection from harmful substances that pose a threat to it.


“I should also say that in keeping with what CARICOM is trying to do which is the coordinated effort to have the Caribbean Sea recognised as a special area requiring protection from the potential harmful efforts of the transit of nuclear and other hazardous waste dumping, pollution from oil and other substances,” he said. 


This is another initiative that they are working on and one which they are pushing on the international agenda, with the latest efforts to be made by Senator Maxine McClean when she attends the UN General Assembly in the first week in October.


The Acting Prime Minister said that pursuing this agenda on the international stage is also in keeping with their commitment to the CARICOM Treaty.


“At the regional level, the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas encourages member states to cooperate in enhancing port state control activities, developing and providing expertise in the shipping industry, protecting the marine environment from the effects of vessel source pollution and the sustainable development of the shipping sector,” he noted.


Accordingly, it is imperative that CARICOM nations cooperate along this front. “The Revised Treaty recommends the cooperation of states in the implementation of the relevant international maritime instruments, maritime safety, maritime environmental protection, maritime accident investigation and the facilitation of maritime traffic.”



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