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Flashback 2019: Regulated Industries Commission Executive Director Dr James Lee Young charges a Hyundai Ioniq Electric EV Car at the Electric Car Charging Station located at RIC’s office on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.

Energy Minister Stuart Young says he intends to take a policy to Cabinet in a few weeks time to promote the use of electric vehicles in this country to try and help save the environment.

Young made the statement yesterday as he delivered an address at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Solid Waste Management Co Ltd (SWMCOL) and the National Gas Company (NGC) to capture and utilise the methane gas emitted by the Forres Park landfill.

He said such an agreement was “long overdue” and urged the two State agencies to move beyond an MOU to a more sustainable project as the time for talk has passed.

Young said right now the world is dealing with the effects of not doing enough to save the planet.

And he said the goal is to try to correct that.

“I pledge the commitment of the ministry of energy and energy industries for us to get behind this movement of moving towards lower carbon, to carbon neutrality, to the capture of things like methane and to the use of renewable energy sources,” Young said.

“I am hoping to go to Cabinet in the next couple weeks, with a policy trying to persuade my cabinet colleagues, and I don’t think I will have much difficulty, for us to adopt an electric vehicles policy because I think the time for that transition is upon us and we need to move in that direction,” he said.

Young said the partnership between SWMCOL and NGC is essential for future generations.

Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said the partnership between SWMCOL and NGC has many benefits including a reduction in greenhouse gases emissions and revenue generation.

“I reference a couple weeks ago that SWMCOL, the transfers and subsidies to that state agency it hovers somewhere in the region of $100 million on an annual basis,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales added that the initiative is a prime example of the government’s strategy to achieve economic and environmental sustainability by promoting the “circular economy.”

“In this case, that goal will be realised by utilising the gas emitted by the waste in our landfills, to produced a valued product,” he said.

Apart from Young and Gonzales the signing of the MOU was attended by NGC’s chairman Conrad Enill and SWMCOL chairman Ronald Milford.