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 …

Jamaican produce. Image: islandgirlemt
Agriculture

CEO of Sandals Resorts urges tourism sector to invest in agriculture in Jamaica

Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, is calling for Jamaica’s tourism industry to provide greater support for the agriculture sector, and he is putting his money where his mouth is, via partnership with local potato farmers: Chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council in Jamaica, Adam Stewart, is calling on …

Photovoltaic panels line the roof of the Engineering Department at the University of Technology, Jamaica., Image via Jamaica Observer
Energy
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Jamaican university seeks to improve energy and cost savings via solar power and energy efficiency measures

A solar power system installed at the University of Technology Jamaica has saved the university money and reduced its carbon footprint: In the three-and-a-half years since it has been using solar power to supplement its energy needs on campus, the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has managed to save US$126,000 …