BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — In commemoration of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Month 2018, Minister of Utilities, the Honourable Ian “Patches” Liburd, said the government is zeroing in on energy efficiency in the public sector.

“Our ministry has been a key player in the Bureau of Standards’ Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code project and also in the Ministry of Environment’s Electric School Bus pilot project,” said the Minister, while adding that these projects will help to make the Federation more environmentally friendly.

Liburd said an energy audit there is currently being conducted at 16 government buildings to determine measures that can be taken to make the buildings more energy efficient.

In addition to the energy audit, Liburd announced that starting next year street lights in St. Kitts and Nevis will be replaced with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.

“This is an energy efficiency measure expected to result in reduced fuel consumption and lower costs for St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC), and by extension, consumers.”

Liburd noted that the ministry will have many public awareness activities during November to educate the public on being energy efficient.

Activities for the month include the ministry’s appearance on the Government’s weekly programme, “Working For You,” with LED lamp giveaways on Nov. 16 and 30; presentations to various schools throughout the nation; and a Nov. 24 Energy Walk.

“I invite everyone to support and participate in Energy Month activities.” Liburd concluded. “Everyone should be familiar with issues surrounding energy use within the Federation.”