A number of initiatives will be undertaken this fiscal year to enhance energy efficiency and conservation within the public sector, through a $310 million allocation in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The allocation will provide for the engagement of energy auditors; replacement of inefficient air-conditioning and lighting systems; to retrofit and insulate building envelopes; design and implement public education campaigns; and conduct workshops in energy efficiency management in the public sector.
The energy efficiency project, which began in 2011, has the aim of strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), to implement energy saving measures as well to procure energy efficient equipment and replace inefficient electricity systems within the public sector.
To date, it has developed energy efficiency and energy conservation guidelines for the sector, which were approved by the Cabinet for implementation.
Up to February 2013, the project has also established a database for the benchmarking and monitoring of energy consumption by each public sector entity; completed research on Energy Efficiency Building Codes, Solar Film Technology, Cool Roofing Technology, Air-Conditioning Technology and Lighting Technology; and began implementing the research.
So far, cool roof solution has been installed at the Office of the Prime Minister and there has been installation of solar film technology at several government agencies including Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), National Housing Trust (NHT) and Bureau of Standards (BSJ), among others.
The project will extend into November 2015.
By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter