Plastic bottles. Image: Twentyfour Students.
Solid waste
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Jamaican companies participate in plastic recycling challenge

In Jamaica, six companies are participating in a recycling challenge led by food and beverage company Wisynco: The Gleaner Company is among the six companies that have signed on to the Wisynco Eco-led Recycle Challenge to collect a minimum of 100,000 plastic bottles over seven weeks. The others participating in …

Wigton WInd Farm, Jamaica. Image: via Panoramio
Energy

Training opportunity: Photovoltaic system design, at Wigton Wind Farm, Jamaica

The renewable energy training laboratory at the Wigton Wind Farm in Jamaica is providing training in photovoltaic system design: Registration is now open for Wigton Wind Farm Limited’s upcoming training course in photovoltaic system design, from June 18 to 22. The week-long course, to be held at Wigton’s renewable energy …

Blue Mountains, Jamaica. Image: Liam Byrnes.
Climate Change

Caribbean countries are accessing climate finance with support from the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub is helping to improve Caribbean countries’ access to climate finance. In Barbados: The Commonwealth is providing Barbados technical assistance to strengthen its access to climate finance by designing six projects ranging in value from US$90,000 to 10,000,000. The projects are being prepared by the …

Saint Lucia solar installation. Image: Rocky Mountain Institute via New Energy Events
Energy
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Five renewable energy projects to watch in the Caribbean

New Energy Events highlights five Caribbean renewable energy projects they’re keeping an eye on. They are: Paradise Park, 37 MW Solar PV, Jamaica Developer: Eight Rivers Energy Company The largest solar plant in the Caribbean is exected to come online in mid-2018. At the time of signing, the 8.54 US …

Plastic bag. Image: Mitchell Haindfield
Solid waste
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Jamaica to ban single-use plastic bags “soon”

The government of Jamaica intends to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags: Jamaicans will soon be banned from packing groceries and other goods in single-use plastic bags. Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and …

Fishing Village, Jamaica. Image: Gary O. Grimm
Fisheries

Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation receives Fisherman’s Day sponsorship boost

In Jamaica, New Fortress Energy has provided financial support for the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation’s 2018 celebrations of Fisherman’s Day: New Fortress Energy (NFE) has signed a three-year partnership with the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation. Under the arrangement, the energy company presented C-CAM with a cheque valued at $790,000 …

Fishing in Jamaica. Image: Leonidas Konstantinidis
Fisheries

Jamaica’s minister for fisheries announces intention to revitalize the sector

Jamaica’s minister for industry, commerce, agriculture, and fisheries, Audley Shaw, has announced that the fisheries sector will be a key component of Jamaica’s blue economy drive: Senior Government minister Audley Shaw says that the fisheries sector will come in for sharp focus while the Government leverages the sustainable use of …