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Gov’t to intensify energy savings, conservation measures

Jamaica Observer / KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, will be intensifying energy savings and conservation measures under the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP). Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, made the disclosure as he delivered the Throne Speech to open the 2018/19 parliamentary period in Gordon House yesterday.

EMEP is being implemented by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The three main objectives are to reduce electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emission in public-sector entities, including hospitals and educational institutions; decrease travel times and fuel consumption through improved traffic control management; and increase capacity in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.

The Governor-General also reported that the Ministry will be looking to enact critical legislation in fiscal year 2018/2019.

These are the Data Protection Act; Information and Communications Technology Act (Telecommunications Act Repeal); Information and Communications Authority Act; Electricity (Electric Power Wheeling) Regulations; Electricity (Net Billing) Regulations; Electricity (Electrical Work, Registration and Licensing) Regulations Resolution; and the Petroleum (Quality Control) Act.

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