The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) and the European Union (EU) celebrated a milestone in the creation of a solar park at the Piarco International Airport with a tree-planting ceremony. The AATT said it "accomplished its maiden milestone in the journey to the completion of the landmark project to implement a European Union funded solar park at the North Terminal, Piarco International Airport".
The solar park, was born from a feasibility study focusing on capacity building for CO2 mitigation from international aviation and the use of renewable energy sources within the aviation sector in Trinidad and Tobago. It will generate a clean, sustainable, green, renewable source of energy that is key to fighting climate change.
Ambassador Arend Biesebroek, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago, said combatting global warming is critical for survival. “We can all see the negative effects of climate change: coastal erosion, increasingly intensive rainfall, floods, and prolonged period of droughts."
"The EU has therefore made environmental protection and climate action a top priority, not only at home but also in cooperation with our partner countries. This solar park, financed through the GCCA+ initiative, is an example of our commitment.”
The assists Trinidad and Tobago in the achievement of its commitments to the global community under the Paris Agreement and its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) as well as in the achievement of its national policy target of 10% of total electricity generated from renewable energy sources by 2021.