Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Cabinet has approved the pilot project to retrofit some Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses to use LNG. The pilot is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and will see five new LNG buses in operation. According to Holness, this is part of serious efforts by the Government to achieve energy efficiency, and by extension energy diversification, which will result in sustainable economic growth.
“The right fuel mix fuels efficiency and the economy. From the micro entrepreneur to the large manufacturer, energy is a critical input. We must ensure that the thrust towards the provision of clean and affordable energy is given priority,” he said during the launch of Red Stripe’s new production line, dubbed ‘line 8’ and LNG plant at its Spanish Town Road facility.
The Prime Minister added that the Government has carefully examined a tax structure to incentivize the use of LNG. He noted that currently 18% of the country’s energy production is based on renewable energy, and he would like to see that figure climb to 50% in short order.
Moreover, the brewer Red Stripe, which is a part of the Heineken Company, will also become the first commercial company in Jamaica to be fully LNG-powered, through a project in partnership with US-based supplier New Fortress Energy. This means there will be a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,000 tons per annum.
Source: Jamaican Information Service