Gov't launches Energy Champion competition
SOME 70 ministries, agencies and departments as well as individual public servants within these entities are slated to take part in the inaugural Public Sector Energy Champion competition which will begin next month.
The competition, which is a part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining's Public Sector Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), will run for six months from December 2014 to May 2015. It will be judged in two segments, mainly energy conservation interventions for organisations and energy-efficiency awareness for individuals.
The launch for the competition was held on Wednesday at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's auditorium in St Andrew.
"The Public Sector Energy competition for outstanding performers in EECP being launched here this morning provides an exciting opportunity for participants to demonstrate the efficacy and effectiveness of the conservation activities they have undertaken and the results that have been generated," Phillip Paulwell, minister of science, technology, energy and mining, said.
"By recognising the value of energy efficiency and conservation and the critical need to diversify our energy sources, we are well positioned to address the situation, lead by example, and embrace new opportunities in the energy sector," he added.
Paulwell further noted that his ministry also has the EECP in place, which is a necessary vehicle for ramping up the country's energy efficiency and conservation. The programme is jointly financed by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank at a cost of US$20 million.
"The EECP's main objective is to enhance Jamaica's energy efficiency and energy conservation potential through the design and implementation of cost-saving measures in the public sector and promoting the reduction of energy consumption and costs on a national scale. It also challenges the public sector to be a model of efficiency and conservation, leading the nation by example," Paulwell stated.
He said the key message of this competition is the importance of energy efficiency and conservation throughout the public sector, and being an exemplar to the nation in reducing the country's energy bill.
"The Energy Champion Award is an opportunity for behavioural change and will be awarded to the most creative engagement and awareness-building initiative that is able to garner results. This change will lead to energy efficiency and conservation not only at the workplace, but also at home," Paulwell continued.