Environmental news from Jamaica has been a mixture of good (or rather, hopeful) and not so good (somewhat discouraging) lately. But there was one good piece of news recently – quite a relief. Here is a press release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). We have just signed the Paris Agreement on climate change, and prior to that have participated in an energetic campaign for a global reduction in emissions. But even though we are not the main offenders, we must play OUR part, however small it may be. This means taking actions that will help to mitigate the impacts of climate change, in addition to seeking to adapt to those impacts. Renewable energy is the ideal; but natural gas is a WHOLE lot better than coal. So thank you, JAMALCO, for making the right decision here.
June 2, 2016
JET welcomes news of no coal plant for JAMALCO, but awaits announcement that there will be no coal fired plants anywhere in Jamaica
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) welcomes the recent announcement that there will be no coal fired plant for the JAMALCO facility in Clarendon. JET has been working with the communities of Hayes and New Town to oppose this, due to the public health risks to Jamaicans, as well as the impacts to climate. Mr. Errol Josephs, a resident of the Hayes community in Clarendon, says: “I think this is a good move on JAMALCO’s part… and I hope they stick to this path.”
“Coal is the dirtiest of the fossil fuels and has no place in a climate friendly future,” says Diana McCaulay, JET’s CEO. “JET supports natural gas as a transitional fuel, although we do have concerns about the impacts of fracking. We support the Government of Jamaica’s renewable energy targets and would like to see those increased and accelerated.”
JET is aware that the energy policy allows for some generating capacity to be supplied by coal, but hopes that the GOJ will announce that given the public health impacts and the incompatibility with the Paris Agreement on climate change, there will be no coal fired plants in Jamaica.
Diana McCaulay, CEO, JET
Suzanne Stanley, Deputy CEO, JET