Three major plans are in the pipeline for Antigua and Barbuda as the country continues to lead the charge in the fight against soaring electricity bills, climate change, global warming and greenhouse gases.
While addressing a recent media session at the Environment Department, Minister of the Environment Molwyn Joseph announced that within the next 15 years, there will be a new standard for the importation of motor vehicles and appliance, a national waste energy plant as well as a renewable energy grid.
“By 2030, we aim to establish efficiency standards for the importation of all appliances and vehicles, by 2020, with international assistance, we aim to finalise technical studies with the intention to construct and operate a waste energy plant by the year 2025 and by 2030 we hope to achieve an energy matrix with 50 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources both on and off grid in the public and private sectors,” Joseph stated.
He noted that consumers in Antigua and Barbuda pay some of the highest electricity bills in the world and the national energy policy seeks to exploit local energy resource and reduce fossil fuel dependency.
Joseph also highlighted plans to preserve the country’s wetlands and watersheds, saying that he will use all means necessary to protect the nation’s water sources, including updating of the island’s building codes.
“By 2030 our aim is to ensure that all remaining wetlands and watershed areas with Carbon sequestration potential are protected as Carbon Sinks and by 2020 we hope to update the building code to meet projected impacts of climate change,” Minister Joseph remarked.
He urged citizens that as the country embarks on this new journey, they should not be worried or overwhelmed by this looming wave of change but rather, to ride this climate wave together.
Credit: Caribbean News Service