How we save energy
On Wednesday, The Gleaner hosted an editors' forum with members of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA). The topics discussed were: ways to grow the sector and issues affecting manufacturing as well as what the manufacturers were expecting out of the new Budget.
Participants were: Brian Pengelley, JMA president; Metry Seaga, deputy president, JMA; Omar Azan, immediate past president, JMA; Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, CEO, Continental Baking Company; Steven Whittingham, director, JMA and Michael Ranglin, CEO for GK Foods.
One of the issues affecting local manufacturers is the high cost of electricity. While policymakers still drag their feet on implementing strategies and initiatives to ease the burden on the sector, some manufacturers are taking small but tangible steps to decrease energy consumption in their plants. See how they are doing.
Steven Whittingham says that at Island Ice and Beverage Company Limited they have opted to do off-peak manufacturing late in the nights when the Jamaica Public Service rates are lower.
Metry Seaga of Jamaica Fibreglass Products (JFP), is now making plans to install a solar system in his entire factory.
Michael Ranglin of GK Foods is now in collaboration with the the University of the West Indies Department of Physics to develop and install energy saving systems for all its buildings.
Butch Hendrickson of Continental Baking Company has carried out extensive replacement of oven burners, changed lighting systems, insulated buildings and bought more efficient vehicles
Omar Azan of Boss Furniture is now retooling the foam equipment and changing the lighting equipment throughout his factory.
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