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  • Minister Paulwell says Cabinet has accepted a Ministry submission that the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) be empowered to provide certification for energy standards for appliances being imported.
  • Mr. Paulwell said the proposal, which was submitted to Cabinet on January 12, aims to stipulate the minimum energy standard which appliances being imported, must meet.
  • The Minister was addressing the University of the West Indies (UWI) public forum on: ‘The New Caribbean Energy Professional for the New Energy Paradigm’, held at the Mona campus in St. Andrew, on January 14

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says Cabinet has accepted a Ministry submission that the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) be empowered to provide certification for energy standards for appliances being imported.

Mr. Paulwell said the proposal, which was submitted to Cabinet on January 12, aims to stipulate the minimum energy standard which appliances being imported, must meet.

The Minister was addressing the University of the West Indies (UWI) public forum on: ‘The New Caribbean Energy Professional for the New Energy Paradigm’, held at the Mona campus in St. Andrew, on January 14.

Citing “certain (foreign) places” that may be inclined to ship appliances not deemed energy efficient to Jamaica, the Minister said these “gifts” may and will ultimately prove costly for the recipient and country.

Mr. Paulwell said in instances where this occur, “we are going to have to say to those who want to buy appliances from overseas, that there are minimum energy standards, below which we will not accommodate them.”

Meanwhile, the Minister highlighted the “remarkable results” arising from initial implementation of the Government’s US$20 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project (EECP).

The project, being implemented across government ministries, departments and agencies, targets savings of $4 billion.

It has yielded significant savings totalling millions of dollars in the entities, since implementation commenced last year.  This has resulted from new technology being installed on the roofs of buildings, resulting in cooler offices.

The Minister said the administration has been “steadfast” in the project’s implementation, and advised that it will be expanded.

“We are moving to the next phase by dealing with our lighting. Over 100,000 lighting fixtures will be replaced shortly, and over 5,000 air conditioning systems will be dealt with, making them far more efficient and effective,” Mr. Paulwell said.

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