Energy & Environment

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is tasked with safeguarding public health through environmentally sound solid waste management practices but has largely failed to achieve this objective. Many have proposed privatisation as a method of overcoming the obstacles which have hindered the NSWMA. What are these obstacles? Should the NSWMA be privatised? If it should, what models of privatisation should be pursued? And what lessons could be learnt from other countries’ experiences with privatising solid waste management services? This report aims to answer these questions.


Jamaica generates approximately 800,000 tons of residential waste annually. The proper management and disposal of this waste is the responsibility of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). However, the continued dumping of waste at this waste-shed with little or no sorting poses major health and environmental concerns.
This policy brief was motivated by the need to increase awareness and understanding of the potential benefits of proper waste management and waste minimization practices. The routine occurrence of fire at the most active waste management site in Jamaica – the Riverton landfill – is also of major concern. These fires, resulting from spontaneous combustion and arson, serve to highlight the health and environmental risks associated with poor waste management practices.
September, 2015
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Caribbean countries have largely failed to achieve the targets of the MDGs. Whether our governments purposefully assigned a low priority to the effort or were constrained by limited capacity, ignoring the MDGs may very well have been a good decision. However, it would be a mistake for Caribbean leaders not to engage the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Development assistance, specifically targeting renewables in developing countries, exceeded US $2 billion in 2008; such investment has been possible due to the existence of an enabling policy framework for renewables in the host country. This brief outlines the policy regimes available to Caribbean policy makers wishing to usher in a new energy era, by designing enabling policies which will allow them to tap into funding earmarked for renewable energy.

Within the next decade technological change will revolutionize the energy sector, with renewable energy based electricity becoming competitive with conventional (fossil-fuel based) electricity generation. This brief explores various mechanisms for mobilizing financial resources for investment in renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean.