Plans to advance green economy

Government is working on several projects to advance its efforts to create a green economy.

This was revealed on Tuesday by Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe, during a courtesy call with Canada’s High Commissioner, Marie Legault, at the Ministry’s Warrens Tower II, Warrens, St. Michael office.

Lowe stated that, like most other countries, Barbados traditionally relied on fossil fuel but a shift was being made towards green energy solutions. He disclosed that Government was working on creating a green island platform that included waste-to-energy, wind and solar energy. Those plans, he explained, include ensuring that at least 29 per cent of the country’s requirements for energy were met by alternative energy and not fossil fuel. However, the Minister said that if all goes according to plan, Barbados will exceed that amount.

In addition, he noted that to facilitate the transition to alternative energy, Government was working with financial institutions to assist entrepreneurs in obtaining the support they needed.

Reordering the way of thinking of citizens from a fossil fuel programme to a green waste programme was also discussed at the meeting, and the Environment Minister said interventions had been made across various sectors and agencies, including schools and the fisherfolk community.

He also identified recycling as one area of consideration by the Ministry, and lamented that while Barbados produced waste products, someone else was doing
the recycling.

However, Lowe told the Canadian High Commissioner that Government’s capacity to finance projects was “very restricted”, and therefore the best opportunities for financing laid with companies who were willing to invest.

Legault said the Canadian High Commission had earmarked certain projects for the Caribbean region, one of which was green energy, and also had systems in place for their financing.

6 Responses to Plans to advance green economy

  1. jrsmith February 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

    What green economy, (silly sud ), we cant even fit bulbs /lighting or manage the dangerous roads in barbados which is to be blame for lots of the fatalities and he is talking green economy….

    This is what these useless politicians do treat bajans like fools, here is a major issues which cause the lives of 4 innocent people and this dick , trying to avoid saying anything about this accident this by talking about green crap…

  2. Tony Webster February 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Unless the press was -unusually- present at such a meeting, one suspects that the “facts” here presented most likely originated contained from a Ministry or G.I.S. release, and if so, should have been made clear. I am sure that the High Coomissioner must have been chomping at the bit, to give the Irrelevant Honourable Doctor, and idea of how Canada deals with environmental matters…invaluable information and solid experience…all there for the asking.

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Low and behold another Pothole.

  4. Hal Austin February 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Green economy? Why then are you using up so much land to build roads? Why is the number of motor vehicles, including diesel ones, increasing every year?

  5. Ann Thomas February 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Advance plans to create an economy first, then you can paint it green if you like.

  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    When the Low Lowe speaks no one should listen. This man has no credibility, should not be listened too, and certainly not one to be trusted.


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