Energy Conservation - A Jamaican Government Department Success Story


Energy conservation is the first consideration for achieving optimal energy savings. This step is however often overlooked as it requires consistency, commitment, cultural/behavioral changes with regards to energy usage and an investment in time and people. This makes energy conservation unattractive to individuals and organizations to pursue and they quickly proceed with the purchasing of energy saving devices/technology.

The Jamaica Productivity Centre is a department within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security which provided technical expertise which helped the Ministry to launch an energy conservation program in 2009. This program focused on no-cost/low cost initiatives and still exists today.

This business case outlines how the Jamaica Productivity Centre and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security sustained an Energy Conservation program over a decade that has yielded savings in excess of US$25,000 per annum over the ten-year period. Also, to be considered are the key success factors, behavioral changes, lessons learned and well as the present impact and future plans.

Presented By

Tamar Nelson
Chief Technical Director
Jamaica Productivity Centre

Mrs. Tamar Nelson is the Chief Technical Director at the Jamaica Productivity centre and is a Systems and Industrial Engineer with an extensive background in process design and re-engineering. She holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Rochester Institute in New York, (USA), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (Trinidad) and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Sensei (CLSSS), a certified energy manager (CEM) and a registered Professional Engineer (PE). She also holds certification in Effective Negotiation, Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis, Project Management Principles and Practices, Effective Project Management, among others. Her training also includes a two month Practical Corporate Management for Productivity Improvement where she studied the best practices of the major corporations across Japan and applied these principles working as a consultant in Tokyo Japan.
She has provided productivity capacity building initiatives in Jamaica, as well as Antigua, Haiti, Guyana, Japan and the United States of America. She has over 20 years of experience and within the last 10 years worked with over 250 organizations within the private and public sectors spanning many industries helping them to maximise profit and control costs; leading to organizational success. Saving organization’s in some instances in excess of US$2.5 million per annum.