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IDB grant being used to push Chamber’s Green Initiative

A grant from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help push the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s (BCCEC) Green Initiative.

With a business community that hinges on sustainable power delivery, Deborah Deal, BCCEC chairperson on environmental matters, said the private sector will have to lead the way on energy reform.

In that vein, Deal applied to the IDB and was granted a $300,00 grant after a conclave in 2017, at which the Green Initiative was formed.

“We wrote down all of the issues that we found were a problem with energy and doing business. At the end it looked like everything that needed to be corrected had to do with the government. We thought that hasn’t helped in the last ten years, so we decided the private sector is going to drive this. We are going to reduce our own energy costs, energy consumption and push for alternative energy. And that’s when the Green Initiative was essentially created,” she said.

“The most tangible plan was to make 12 videos. We’ve got six of them done and the other six we will hopefully have done by the end of May.”

Each video addresses different aspects of energy conservation, from insulation, energy efficiency, solar power and the gizmos and gadgets available on the market to help reduce energy use.

“There’s also a testimonial from NPCC (New Providence Community Centre) where they reduced their energy bill from $7,000 to $2,500 per month. That’s a $60,000 per year savings,” she said.

“The first video explains what the Green Initiative is. We’re just trying to get these out and noticed. It’s something that I really want everybody to look at and share, because it will help us to save money and use less energy.”

The videos are available for viewing on the BCCEC’s social media pages.

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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