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PRESS RELEASE #3- Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) Official Launch

Anthony Chen gives new SRC website thumbs up

Professor Anthony Chen, has given his stamp of approval to – a new website launched by the Scientific Research Council (SRC) – which he says will help to raise awareness about sustainable fuel options.
He noted that the website was being launched at a time when Jamaica is in need of a lot more renewable energy projects to, among other things; help stave off the potential ill effects of a changing climate.

“We have a long way to go,” Chen, told SRC at the website’s launch, “But one-one cocoa full basket.”
Renewable energy projects, he said, need to be implemented throughout Jamaica, especially in poor communities by way of solar water heaters, solar cookers, solar food dryers, biogas digesters and generators.

“I look forward to the day when the technology is in every corner of Jamaica,” said Chen, whose work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won him the Nobel Peace Prize. “I congratulate all those involved in developing CIPORE. It will be a great place to learn and get new ideas.”

Chen, later in his address, explained that renewable energy gained mainstream attention since oil prices peaked at US$140 a barrel last July. But Chen cautioned that the carbon emissions from oil are more dangerous than its price fluctuations. Oil now trades at US$50 a barrel, but some industry officials say it will rise in 2010 with the world’s economic recovery.

“We have arrived at this point out of necessity brought about by the 2000’s energy crisis and the climate change crisis of this century,” he said. “If we do not regulate the rise in global warming, dangerous effects, such as the unstoppable melting of Greenland and the west Antarctica ice sheet and the eventual rise of sea level over hundreds of years, will be the result. To limit the rise of global warming it is necessary for developed countries – North America and Europe – to make drastic cuts in emission of greenhouse gases.”

Chen noted that developed nations must “cut emissions of 45 per cent below 1990 levels” by 2020, and by 80 per cent by 2050.

-Source: Jamaica Observer, May 3, 2009.

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