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Energy

European Union support for energy efficiency in Jamaica

The European Union is providing Jamaica with US$10 million in grant funding to support increased energy efficiency, particularly in the public sector: The Government has received additional funding support for its Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) through a €9.17-million (US$10-million) grant from the European Union (EU). This is being …

3000 plastic bags. Image credit: Alan
Solid waste
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Reducing plastic bag use in Jamaica: ban or fee?

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) has recently completed an assessment of two policy options—imposing a ban vs. applying a tax/fee—for reducing the use (and subsequent disposal) of plastic bags in Jamaica (where plastic carrier bags are also known as “scandal bags”). Their key findings and recommendations: Both methods examined  have disrupted …

Beach Garbage: Image credit: John Schneider.
Solid waste
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Volunteers remove more than 70 tons of garbage from Jamaica’s coastline

On International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017, nearly 10,000 volunteers helped to collect over 72 metric tons of garbage from Jamaica’s beaches and coasts. The Jamaica Observer reports: A record 160,628 pounds of garbage, including nearly 300,000 plastic beverage bottles, was collected from beaches across the island on International Coastal Cleanup …

International Atomic Energy Agency
Hazardous Substances and Waste

International Atomic Energy Agency building Caribbean capacity to manage radioactive sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, has been providing guidance and support to six Caribbean countries to enable them to better manage radiation sources: Through an ongoing regional technical cooperation project, and in partnership with the United States Department of Energy (US …

Goat Islands, Jamaica. Image credit: Jeremy Francis
Biodiversity

After years of advocacy, Jamaica’s Goat Islands to be declared a wildlife sanctuary

Jamaica’s Goat Islands, which were previously the intended location for a port development project that would have destroyed key habitats and ecosystems, are now to be declared a national wildlife sanctuary. The Jamaica Environment Trust reports: The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the decision by the Urban Development Corporation …