Eleanor Jones: Wo­man on a mis­sion at COP22

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ELEANOR JONES, head of En­vi­ron­men­tal So­lu­tions Limited (ESL), is a wo­man on a mis­sion at this year’s 22nd Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change now only days away.

She is rep­re­sent­ing the busi­ness sec­tor on the Ja­maica del­e­ga­tion to the in­ter­na­tional cli­mate talks in Mar­rakech.

“I am very hon­oured and re­ally very thrilled that the pri­vate sec­tor is be­ing in­cluded on this del­e­ga­tion ... The pri­vate sec­tor has a very crit­i­cal role to play in lead­er­ship and in en­hanc­ing trans­for­ma­tion ... It is won­der­ful that we are able to be there to learn first-hand how the process works,” she told The Gleaner ear­lier this week.

“There is re­ally so much that needs to be done and the busi­ness sec­tor has not yet fully bought into build­ing cli­mate re­silience and largely be­cause I don’t think we have man­aged to com­mu­ni­cate in a way the busi­ness sec­tor un­der­stands,” she added.

NEW AP­PROACHES

And herein lies Jones’ mis­sion. “I am hop­ing to get out of the ses­sions some new ap­proaches that can be used be­cause, at the end of the day, the pri­vate sec­tor is in­ter­ested in profit, but also cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. I know it from where I am, but there is al­ways a lot of room for learn­ing,” she noted.

“I am also look­ing for­ward ex­pand­ing the net­work and link­ing with some other busi­ness per­sons so I can share with the busi­ness sec­tor here, through the PSOJ (Pri­vate

JONES

Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion Ja­maica),” Jones added.

En­vi­ron­men­tal So­lu­tions Limited (ESL) is a noted Caribbean-wide re­source of en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­cel­lence. Estab­lished in April 1991, ESL pro­vides en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment ser­vices through­out the English-speak­ing Caribbean, Suri­name, Cen­tral Amer­ica, West Africa, Canada, and Asia.

Mean­while, Jones said she is look­ing to par­tic­i­pate in a busi­ness in­vest­ment fo­rum and with an eye to, among other things, is­sues to do with en­ergy.

“There are many is­sues re­lated to how you re­ally sup­ply and meet the en­ergy needs. So it will be use­ful to see how oth­ers are ap­proach­ing it and also how the busi­ness sec­tor is ap­proach­ing it and part­ner­ing,” the ESL boss said.

Jones also has her sights set on how the pri­vate sec­tor can of sup­port the free­ing up of cli­mate fi­nance flows while ben­e­fit­ing their bot­tom line as well as that of the coun­try.

PART­NER­SHIP

“Now, we are talk­ing about pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship and if we re­ally want to make a dif­fer­ence, we re­ally have to move on that. We re­ally need to look at pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship, both in terms of sen­si­ti­sa­tion and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties to make sure we meet our com­mit­ment to the 1.5 ... and to also look at how we can build our adap­ta­tion strat­egy...”

Jones is one of the more than five-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion to Mar­rakech. In­cluded in the team are rep­re­sen­ta­tives from civil so­ci­ety and the forestry sec­tor, to­gether with ne­go­tia­tors from the Cli­mate Change Di­vi­sion.

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