Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ministry partners with EU to develop energy plan

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: European Union Ambassador Arend Biesebroek hands over the European Union Roadmap and Implementation Plan to parliamentary secretary Nicole Olivierre yesterday at the Energy Ministry, Tower C, Port of Spain International Waterfront Centre. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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THE Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries has partnered with the European Union in the development of a sustainable energy implementation plan for Trinidad and Tobago.
The plan was prepared by the EU Technical Assistance Facility and presented to parliamentary secretary Nicole Olivierre yesterday during a ceremony at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. Olivierre said the plan was a significant milestone that provides a workable solution to transitioning the country’s fossil fuel-based energy system to one that is diversified and sustainable.
“In light of the many changes in the local and international energy sphere, we are obligated to take appropriate steps to transition our energy systems,” she said.
“This roadmap is indicative of our intentions which will assist us in enabling the realisation of our very ambitious goals. The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries continues to engage in initiatives aimed at creating an enabling environment for the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency and energy conservation in T&T.”
Deputy permanent secretary Penelope Bradshaw-Niles said the plan outlined short- and long-term measures to be implemented to achieve the ministry’s target of 15 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030 and ten per cent renewable energy power generation by 2021.
“Both targets are aligned with T&T’s ultimate goal of sustainability. The achievement of these will be instrumental in our goal of diversification of our economy as we all know our economy is highly reliant on oil and gas,” she said.