Coal Plant would Breach Paris Climate Change Commitments

Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, Diana McCaulay says plans by the Government to build a 1000 mega watt coal fired plant in St. Elizabeth, will breach the country’s Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Jamaica signed on to the Paris agreement early this year in a commitment to combat climate change and its wide-ranging effects.

Ms. McCaulay says with the type and scale of project being proposed, it’ll require stringent monitoring.

She says Jamaican authorities cannot be trusted to do this.

Head of Corporate Communications for German company Trianelle GmbH, Elmar Thyen says Jamaica should not get involved in coal production if they cannot commit to seriously monitoring it.

Debate continues to rage about plans by the government to allow Chinese conglomerate Jiuquan Iron and Steel Group Company Ltd, JISCO, to build a one thousand mega-watt coal-fired energy plant.

The proposed plant would form part of the JISCO’s USD$2-Billion invest in an industrial zone in St. Elizabeth.