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Issue 31

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Global Drive For Renewable Energy Of dwindling Hydrocarbon Reserves: Implications For Trinidad & Tobago and CARICOM


By Dr. Deryck D. Pattron, Ph.d.

Public Health & Safety Consultant


Global oil production and its hydrocarbon products are now experiencing a massive downturn in financial profits, worldwide. As the world moves towards the 21st century, countries worldwide are beginning to experience the effects of global warning with concomitant climatic changes and health problems. Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is not well-advanced in the preparation process, in looking for and making use of alternative sources of renewable energy. This may be due to fact that T&T is a hydrocarbon-based economy. This approach, if not changed, would lead to serious economic hardships, ill-health and decreased environmental quality. It would therefore be prudent for us to critically reflect and to take the necessary action on renewable energy sources as alternatives to fossil fuels as sources of energy in order to save our economy, health and the environment, not only for our generation, but for all future generations.






 Renewable Aggregates for ready Mix Concrete

By Dr. Abrahams Mwasha
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of West Indies

For any country in the world, a natural resource can be interpreted as a source of wealth. A natural resource qualifies as a renewable resource if it is replenished by natural processes at a rate comparable or faster than its rate of consumption by humans or other users. Renewable resources may also mean commodities used to create infrastructure such as rocks, timber, plastics and ceramics glasses used in construction industry. Some natural renewable resources such as rock (aggregates), water, timber and biomass must be carefully managed to avoid exceeding the environment’s capacity to replenish them.



Renewable Energy and Economic Development in the Caribbean

By Allan Sandy
Garifuna Energy Limited
It is clear that as a result of the current bidding war for finite fossil fuels, those societies with limited resources could find themselves outbid for the vital energy supplies and, as a result, precluded from
increasing their energy use. In such an environment, cheaply produced renewable energy is an absolute necessity for economic development and sustainability. We in the Caribbean, can derive these alternative energy sources from ocean and tidal currents since the region possesses a comparative advantage due to its geography and location. The energy derived from these processes would be used to extract hydrogen and chlorine from the marine environment as well as produce fresh water through desalination.


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