Group Managing Director of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Ruth Potopsingh has urged students to treat energy conservation as a special project, by giving priority to energy use in their schools and homes.
Mrs. Potopsingh issued the challenge while giving the main address at an awards ceremony for the PCJ’s conservation and efficiency poster competition, at the Corporation’s Trafalgar Road offices in Kingston, yesterday (March 13).
She encouraged the students to take an energy audit in their schools to see how much energy was being used and to come up with creative ways in which wastage could be reduced.
Queens High School in Kingston, who placed second in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) energy conservation and efficiency poster competition, receives her trophy from Group Technical Director, PCJ, Stephen Wedderburn. The awards ceremony was held at the PCJ auditorium on Trafalgar Road in Kingston on Monday, March 13.
“The money saved can go towards meeting other needs in your schools and homes,” she suggested, stating that, “every dollar saved by you can contribute to our national growth and development”.
“In addition to spreading the message of energy conservation through your schools with useful posters on energy conservation, I implore you to also be energy conservation practitioners,” she added.
Clarendon College, who placed third in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
conservation and efficiency poster competition, accepts her trophy from Managing Director of Panmedia, Knolly Moses. The awards ceremony was held at the PCJ auditorium on Trafalgar Road in Kingston on Monday, March 13.
Mrs. Potopsingh informed that the subject of energy conservation comprised two thrusts, the first being no cost efforts, which included “simple ways of managing your energy consumption”. The second thrust, she said, was investing in energy efficiency, including renewable alternatives, such as the application of energy efficient technologies to improve performance and value.
The Group Managing Director noted that the poster competition was an important component of the PCJ’s programme of public education, adding that the Corporation was pleased with the level of enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge of the subject, which had been displayed by the students.
Director of Energy in the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology, Conroy Watson, who brought greetings on behalf of Minister Phillip Paulwell, also stressed the importance of energy conservation. He said it was important to educate young persons, as energy supply was costly, constituting the most expensive national commodity.
From a field of 49 entrants from 17 schools, Christina Naylor of Bishop Gibson High in Manchester copped first place in the competition, which was themed, ‘Use Less, Pay Less’. Second place went to Natalie Rowlands of Queens High School, while third place went to Kerecia Bell of Clarendon College.
The supporting teachers were also rewarded for their work, with Audrey Brooks of Bishop Gibson High receiving first prize, Kirk Douglas of Queens High, second prize, and George Gordon of Clarendon College, third prize.
The competition is part of PCJ’s National Public Education Campaign on Energy Conservation and Efficiency that began last July. Schools across the island were invited to encourage entrants between the ages of 11 and 18 years. The entries were judged by a select panel headed by Bunny Levy, an experienced and respected graphic designer.
This campaign targets young people, and seeks to get the general public aware of and be sensitive to the benefits of specific energy efficiency technologies and practices. It is also intended to initiate an identifiable shift in Jamaica’s energy consumption culture, and the poster competition is part of that drive.
The campaign includes broad areas of public relations and public service messages. It promoted an ‘Energy Conservation and Efficiency Month’ last October, that featured a museum-style travelling exhibit, multi-media presentations, energy efficient appliances, tools and displays, and seminars by government, utility and other industry experts.The poster competition was designed to involve students in energy conservation and efficiency, since they would have to research such material to create their poster entries.
The Energy Efficiency Unit was established at the PCJ in September 2003 to develop and co-ordinate the government’s energy efficiency programme and to facilitate private sector investment in renewable energy sources. The unit operates on a national scale to address the energy requirements of both the public and private sectors. To properly manage this broad based initiative, the unit focuses on end users and cogeneration.