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In recent news, Trinidad and Tobago has set the goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emission by 15% in regards to transportation, power generation and industrial facilities by 2030.
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TT to reduce greenhouse gases
By VERNE BURNETT Sunday, February 21 2016
Trinidad and Tobago has given an undertaking to the United Nations (UN) to reduce emission of greenhouse gases by 15 percent in the transport, power generation and industrial sectors by 2030 under this country’s intended nationally determined contribution which is required under the Paris Agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gases which was signed at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
Kishan Kumarsingh, Head, Bilateral Environmental Agreements at the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development made the comment in an interview with Newsday following a seminar on The Implications of the Air Pollution Rules 2014 held, last Friday, by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) at the Westmoorings headquarters of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
He said at the moment Government is developing the enabling environment for monitoring or measuring emissions, for reporting on those emissions, and for verifying that the emission reductions are taking place.
He said the Air Pollution Rules being implemented by the EMA adequately provides the regulatory framework to begin taking an inventory of emissions and regulating those emissions with the exception of transportation which he said was not covered under the rules. He said that at some point consideration could be given to the inclusion of vehicle emissions, or harmonising the present air pollution rules with those which govern motor vehicle emissions. During the seminar, EMA officials said the authority is anticipating a hundred percent compliance with its Air Pollution Rules 2014 by May 31, 2016, the deadline for existing and potential emitters of polluting gasses to register their activities with the EMA.
EMA officer Allison Moore said individuals can be fined $5,000 per violation, and $1,000 per day for each violation of the rules until the violation is remedied, or stopped.
In the case of two violations, the fine moves up to $10,000, and $2,000 per day, as long as the violation continues. Companies can be fined $10,000 per violation and $5,000 per day until the violation is remedied, or stopped.
The seminar was attended by emitters and potential emitters of polluting gases and companies which operate furnaces.
The rules were signed in December, 2014 by then Minister of the Environment, Ganga Singh, and the EMA began implementing them last year, but is making use of a six month period for registration of existing and potential emitter facilities, and for educating the public.
Registration began on December 1, 2015, and is scheduled to end on May 31, 2016.
Burnett, Verne. “TT to Reduce Greenhouse Gases.” News Day. N.p., 21 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016. <http://newsday.co.tt/news/0,224320.html>.
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