Monday, 19 August 2013

Trinidad and Tobago's First CDM Project in the Energy Sector!

Trinidad and Tobago’s First Clean Development Mechanism Project  in the energy sector entitled, “Petrotrin Oil Fields Associated Gas Recovery and Utilization Programme of Activity (PoA)” is now officially registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This project, selected in accordance with the UNFCCC and CDM pre-assessment guidelines, is an associated gas recovery and utilization venture proposed by the company’s Exploration and Development Division. The plan, which targets a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, was conceptualised to recover and utilise methane rich natural gas currently vented in the fields. 

Upon successful implementation, this project will allow Petrotrin to earn Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits, which can be sold to developed countries that hold binding emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

This will be the fourth CDM project in the Caribbean. Other projects identified include wind farms in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and a land fill methane recovery project in Cuba.

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Capacity Building Workshop on the NAP/IFS Alignment Process in the Caribbean

A Sub-Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the National Action Plan/Integrated Financial Strategy (NAP/IFS) Alignment Process in the Caribbean Community Sub-Region was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago the Workshop at Capital Plaza, Port-of Spain from August 13-15, 2013.

The workshop was organised by the EPPD, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in close collaboration with the UNCCD Secretariat, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD) Support Staff.

Several Caribbean Parties of the Convention were in attendance. Trinidad and Tobago was represented by Environmental Biologist, Mr. Julius Smith and Biodiversity Specialist, Ms. Candace Amoroso, both from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

The workshop aimed to provide technical support, training and guidance to CARICOM countries for the strengthening of national capacity to facilitate and give impetus to the alignment of their National Action Programmes (NAPs) for the implementation of the UNCCD. 

It was important also in identifying or re-defining priority actions and strengthening cooperation at national and sub-regional levels through NAPs as well as in identifying modalities for financing these NAPs.

The outcomes of this workshop will serve to inform Trinidad and Tobago's national efforts at building capacity to meet its obligations under the UNCCD as well as allow the country to meet out our socio-economic developmental needs through the use of sustainable land management.