BRIDGETOWN: The Government of Barbados intends to construct a plant that will convert waste, including those generated from visiting ships, into energy.
“In the area of environmental protection, Barbados has already taken the lead with respect to our aggressive attempt to going after the green economy and a key aspect of that is the whole waste to energy component and having a waste to energy plant that could generate as much as 50 megawatts and that in fact would also call for ships’ waste to be converted into energy,” said Tourism and International Transport Minister, Richard Sealy.
Speaking at the launch of the weeklong celebrations commemorating World Maritime Day last Sunday, Sealy said the plant would adhere to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which governs the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
He said because many cruise ships visit several CARICOM countries the plant would provide a “wholesome way of disposing garbage and using it to generate energy, reducing our dependency on the fossil fuels while promoting sustainable living”.
Sealy, who is acting prime minister, said the Freundel Stuart government is also continuing the efforts with the support of other CARICOM governments to have the Caribbean Sea designated as an area that requires special protection from harmful substances.
“I should also say that in keeping with what CARICOM is trying to do which is the co-ordinated effort to have the Caribbean Sea recognized as a special area requiring protection from the potential harmful efforts of the transit of nuclear and other hazardous waste dumping, pollution from oil and other substances,” he said.
Sealy said that pursuing this agenda on the international stage is also in keeping with their commitment to the CARICOM Treaty.
“At the regional level, the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas encourages member states to co-operate in enhancing port state control activities, developing and providing expertise in the shipping industry, protecting the marine environment from the effects of vessel source pollution and the sustainable development of the shipping sector,” he said.
Sealy said it is imperative that CARICOM countries continue to co-operate on the matter.
“The Revised Treaty recommends the co-operation of states in the implementation of the relevant international maritime instruments, maritime safety, maritime environmental protection, maritime accident investigation and the facilitation of maritime traffic.”