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JET welcomes Jamalco’s no-coal decision

Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 6:00 AM

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) welcomes the recent announcement that there will be no coal-fired plant for the Jamalco facility in Clarendon. JET has been working with the communities of Hayes and New Town to oppose this due to the public-health risks to Jamaicans as well as the impacts on climate. Errol Josephs, a resident of the Hayes, Clarendon, said, "I think this is a good move on Jamalco's part ... and I hope they stick to this path."

"Coal is the dirtiest of the fossil fuels and has no place in a climate friendly future" said Diana McCaulay, JET's CEO. "JET supports natural gas as a transitional fuel, although we do have concerns about the impacts of fracking. We support the Government of Jamaica's renewable energy targets and would like to see those increased and accelerated."

JET is aware that the energy policy allows for some generating capacity to be supplied by coal but hopes that the Government will announce that given the public-health impacts and the incompatibility with the Paris Agreement on climate change, there will be no coal-fired plants in Jamaica.