Trinidad & Tobago pledges to get 30% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, during his recent press conference, highlighted the commitment of Trinidad and Tobago to generate 30 percent of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030.

PM Dr Keith Rowley during his address in COP26.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, during his recent press conference, highlighted the commitment of Trinidad and Tobago to generate 30 percent of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Prime Minister addressed the general public via media conference on November 6, 2021, after returning from the COP26 climate summit. PM Rowley cited, “Even though there are a lot of changes that need to be made to reduce T&T’s impact on pollution and climate change, we have to be realistic and understand that we are in the – business of hydrocarbons and will remain there as long as there is a market in the world”. 

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He further informed that Shell cooperation has approved their investment in the Manatee Reservoir, which is shared between Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, of which the Caribbean island owns 27 percent. 

Regarding the investment, a production sharing contract will be signed on November 17, 2021. PM Rowley added that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago would assess the possibility of using Green Hydrogen to ‘clean up the ‘Point Lisas product’ so that it can invade the market safely and command a better price being products that use Hydrogen from sustainable sources.

Apart from this, the Prime Minister announced that the State of Emergency and, by extension, the curfew would end by the end of this month and that presently the government is not planning or have any intention to seek an extension on it.

Prime Minister visited Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, which is taking place from October 31 to November 12, in which numerous world leaders participated to discuss the environmental issue of climate change. 

In addition, 151,200 doses of the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Caribbean island on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The shipment arrived at around 6:32 pm at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad. 

To receive this shipment, Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health and Anesa Doodnath-Siboo – Principal Pharmacist, were present at the airport.