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Monday, 2 May 2011
Great move on conservation
Topic: Government Policies

                With regard to your article entitled “Civil Servants trained in Energy Conservation”, published on Friday 29 April 2011, the Ministry of Energy and Mining is to be commended for taking this initiative, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is enlightening that those trained to be energy monitors are taken from various ministries, government departments and agencies to lead their respective organizations in implementing our government’s special policy of achieving energy efficiency and conservation.

                When I first read of government’s intention to drastically cut the public sector’s energy bill by 15% during the current financial year, I thought this, like the previous year’s directive, was doomed to failure because nothing had changed this time around. I stand corrected: a change has indeed been made. Not only has a specific goal and time-frame been set, but one that is measureable and now seems achievable. I am encouraged, but still worried that further resources that are required are yet to be allocated.

                Resources have been allocated in this planned process of organizational change, where staff has been trained to be supportive of the initiative; and it is obvious some form of energy management is to be implemented, though yet unannounced. But, a 15% reduction in energy use is ambitious, and made all the more so by having a building stock that is for the most part not designed for energy efficiency or conservation. We are told of contingencies to deal with energy costs, and the cutting of budgetary allocations set aside for utilities. But more is needed. I look forward to hearing about the remaining measures to be instituted. Because, this cannot be achieved without further resources being allocated. 

I am, etc.

 Paul Hay MBA, BA(Arch.)Managing PartnerPAUL HAY Capital Projects Caribbean Capital Projects Management  P. O. Box 3367, Kingston 8, Jamaica, W.I. tel: 1 (876) 756-0631 cel: 1 (876) 324-4274 fax: 1 (876) 756-0631 web: e-mail: skype name: phcjam profile: twitter:

Posted by phcjam at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 16 May 2011 1:18 PM EDT

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