Many innovative ideas were presented, including but not limited to, the use of organic substances to produce cutlery, the use of plastic to create furniture, and the application of plastic waste to concrete in order to enhance materials for construction (plastic sequestration). The impact of improper disposal of waste on the Caroni Swamp was also highlighted as the Swamp is a well-known vital ecosystem and natural resource.
In addition, it was highlighted that a pre-feasibility study was done by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago and SWMCOL. Using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 Model, estimations were derived for the gas produced at the non-engineered landfills such as Methane (CH4) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Using this data, the estimated annual compressed natural gas (CNG) was determined with a projected Internal Rate of Return of 9.5%. As such, one of the major initiatives arising from the Conference will be a field study to refine the economic model and to conclude the commercial viability of the project.
Moreover, our guests were excited to be reminded that the origin of the steelpan was an early form of eco-innovation. Discarded oil drums were repurposed into the iconic steelpan instrument now known worldwide. This presentation was followed by an energetic Steelpan rendition by the Bishops Anstey High School East and Trinity College East Steel Orchestra.
“Get into Green” is more than a call to action. It is both a precept and a promise.
The promise is that of a greener tomorrow for the benefit of all when we “Get into Green”.