ROSEAU, Dominica, Tuesday February 9, 2016 – Dominica has come out of a recent waste-to-energy conference with funding for two pilot projects.
Policymakers, technicians and organizations related to waste and energy including SIDS-Dock, an initiative among small island states to transform their energy sectors and address adaptation to climate change attended the conference which took place January 20 to 23 in Grenada.
The United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swedish energy agency were also part of the conference.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Ivor Stephenson has reported that the Dominica team was able to identify two important projects that will help determine how best the country can convert waste into energy.
He says the projects will be supported both technically and financially by the Swedish Government.
“We were able to partner with the Swedish Government. They have committed themselves to providing both financial and technical support for the two pilot areas which we have identified for Dominica. We identified one pig farm in the south east and the national abattoir,” Stephenson said. “We have identified these two in particular because of the likely problems they can pose to the environment.”
He added that there were numerous benefits to be gained from waste-to-energy initiatives.
“The waste-to-energy project is something that can benefit Dominica greatly since we are a tourism destination. We want to see tourists come to Dominica, especially as we speak of a clean and green country. We have to take measures to ensure that we have answers to managing the waste and converting it to something useful and preventing the pollution of our environment; it is just the best time,” he said.
Stephenson said participants at the conference examined other sources of energy, including renewable energy sources like hydro which currently powers Dominica’s electricity sector; solar energy which is becoming increasingly popular on the island; and geothermal energy.