Coal Plant would Breach Paris Climate Change Commitments

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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