We need to be more mindful of how we use the lights and the air-condition in Government offices if we are serious about addressing the energy concerns of this country.
So said Beverly Khan, chairperson of the Cabinet-appointed committee of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation as she officially handed over the committee’s report to Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte on Tuesday.
The report was produced following three months of work by a multi-sectoral committee and is expected to be a definite energy efficiency and energy conservation road map for the country.
Trinidad and Tobago has a high per capita consumption of electricity and is ranked among the most energy-intensive countries in the world.
Khan said the Government needs to lead the way to change this.
“Key to the effort going forward is the leadership role of the Government. Government must lead the way and the report identifies some very specific actions to be taken in respect of, in the first instance Government buildings and the fact that we need to have energy-saving practices in terms of the lighting of the buildings and air condition systems that we utilise,” Khan said.
“Our initial analysis in this report shows quite clearly that there are tremendous benefits. It is the right thing to do at this time in Trinidad and Tobago. We have identified the potential for significant energy savings and of course an increase in revenue to the State, the reduction in Carbon emissions, GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions and of course there is the opportunity to create a new industry in the country and to create employment,” she said.
After Le Hunte reviews the report it will be submitted to Cabinet for deliberation.
Le Hunte said the report will not end up being stuck on a shelf like many other reports produced in this country.
“I assure you and I assure the nation that this particular plan is not a plan that is going to end up on the shelf as a lot of other plans. After this plan is presented very quickly after my review I am hoping to take it to Cabinet to get it formally approved and then it will be implemented,” he said.
Adrian Leonce, the recently appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Public Utilities, has been mandated to lead the charge going forward at it relates to the implementation of the Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Action plan 2020 to 2024.