The Division of Energy is now in a better position to carry out its renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Thanks to a recent donation of US$100,000 by the Republic of Korea towards the purchase of two vehicles and 500 light emitting diodes bulbs.

This timely assistance will also enable the Division to lead by example, and enhance its in-house energy efficiency programme, with the replacement of the four-foot compact florescent lights (CFLs) in its office.

The vehicles donated are a 2013 Hyundai Accent Hatchback, which will operate on a combination of ethanol and gasoline, and a 2013 Kia Sorento, which will operate on bio-diesel. The department will utilise the vehicles to promote driving practices which will maximise energy conservation.

The use of these automobiles embraces the renewable energy and energy efficiency ethos being articulated by Government. It will interface with the energy efficiency pilot project currently being undertaken by the Barbados National Oil Company Limited.

This project complements the Division???s transport component of the Public Sector Smart Energy Programme, with respect to the execution of a pilot project for the procurement and use of electric vehicles.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, has expressed gratitude to the Korean Government and reaffirms Government???s commitment to working with the Republic of Korea on other mutually beneficial initiatives.

Author: Aisha Reid/Division Energy

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