The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says she is pleased that the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will benefit from the Energy Efficiency Project being implemented across government.
The project which is being executed under the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme involves a complete overhaul of the JCDC’s Corporate Offices’ air conditioning system and an upgrade of its electrical infrastructure.
Speaking today at the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between the PCJ and the JCDC Minister Grange said, “This initiative of the PCJ is demonstration of joined-up government at work and that government is committed to building out a more energy efficient society.”
She said that outside of the industrial sector, government is perhaps the biggest consumer of energy.
“We live in a tropical climate where air conditioning is a very important comfort factor in the workplace environment. So whatever we can do to keep our staff comfortable and productive, we must do at the least possible cost,” Minister Grange said.
The $31 million investment will include the installation of 49 indoor units with ventilation systems and the installation of cool roof technology.
“Even as we as government take the strides to improve our energy consumption we must all as individuals take personal responsibility to practice conservation measures in our homes and businesses,” Minister Grange said.
Minister Grange also charged the staff at the JCDC to be responsible in utilising the new systems that are being installed.