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Contact: Adhara King


Thursday 3 February 2011  Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Honourable Guy Joseph says government has endorsed efforts to create a “greener” environment through the use of alternative energy.


A joint venture by Canadian companies Island Green Energy and Elementa Group proposes to recycle consumer waste by generating electricity from landfill waste products in Saint Lucia.


“The project is one that we have endorsed as a government. The companies have started the process of discussion with LUCELEC on negotiating a power purchase agreement in reference to what they are proposing,” says  Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Honourable Guy Joseph.


While there is an obvious need to minimize the generation of waste and to reuse and recycle waste products, Minister Joseph says, the technologies for recovery of energy from waste can play a vital role in mitigating the problems.


Waste-to-energy plants offer two important benefits, the Minister says: that of environmentally safe waste management and disposal, and the generation of clean electric power.


“The next step to follow is to engage the companies in discussion with the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) on the sharing of facilities as far as it relates to the use of garbage. I have had some discussion with the minister responsible for the environment whose portfolio includes the SLSWMA, and I think we should see some steady progress in the months ahead on this project.”



Waste-to-energy conversion also abates the effects of climate change, Joseph says, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions produced by the burning of fossil fuels to obtain energy.



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