Although a three-year agreement between the Media Resource Department (MRD) and the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) Company Ltd. to sponsor prizes for BMEX has come to a close, the MRD is still hoping for a renewal of that partnership.
This was intimated yesterday as Assistant Chief Media Resource Officer (Ag), Burkley Lowe, addressed the prize-giving ceremony for the Electricity and Renewable Energy Exposition and BMEX, at the BL&P headquarters, Garrison, St. Michael.
He noted that the sponsorship by the BL&P was to be encouraged because without them the MRD would not be able to give more to schools.
“As you are aware, the world was very keen on using public-private sector partnerships to deliver infrastructure, education and other public services in order to find better solutions. Those solutions consider gender and diversity, the environment, wellness and health in the workplace.
“However, these solutions have a huge demand on financing. The Barbados Light & Power understands this and appreciates this concept, so from the inception, they would have signed on to three years. They have now come to the end of that three years,” he said, urging further negotiations with BL&P.
Managing Director of BL&P, Roger Blackman, pleased that the exhibits by both primary and secondary schools had received a good response, said: “Our partnership with the Ministry of Education to ensure that the next generation is inspired to help Barbados achieve the national goal of 100 per cent renewable by 2045 is invaluable.
“The work being done in the schools is innovative, creative and aligns with BL&P’s own 100-100 vision for a 100 per cent renewable energy and 100 per cent electrification of Barbados by 2045.”
Mr. Blackman pointed out that BL&P firmly believed that by deliberately pursuing their 100-100 vision they were not only being good corporate citizens but this would lead them to create a legacy of sustainability based on innovative thinking.
He stressed this aspirational vision by BL&P would only work through continued collaboration with the Government of Barbados and entities such as the Barbados Renewable Energy Association, as they pursued green or renewable sources of energy such as their “already existing 10 megawatts plant” at Trents, St. Lucy.
“We will also continue to invest in our communities because we believe that the best results are achieved through collaboration,” he emphasised.