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CEB joins the elimination of single-use plastic on Saona Island, as part of “Sustainable Saona”.

  • “Sustainable Saona” aims to promote responsible tourism in this protected area, with the support of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MIMARENA), in collaboration with public and private institutions and the community.
  • Actress Nashla Bogaert and screenwriter, producer and film director José María Cabral, accompanied by representatives of MIMARENA and CEB, were among the guests at the signing of the resolution for the elimination of plastic on the island.

Bayahibe, May 27, 2023. The Bayahibe Electricity Company (CEB) accompanied this Saturday the resolution promoted by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MIMARENA) that initiates the process of eliminating single-use plastic in Saona and Catalina Island.

CEB celebrates this initiative as part of the efforts that have been developed on the island, in coordination with the 3R’s Sustainability Foundation, led by Ginny Heinsen, to raise community awareness towards waste reduction, responsible management, classification and final disposal on the island.

The activity, led by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, Miguel Ceara Hatton, was attended by Oscar San Martín, CEB’s general manager, among other company representatives, and by authorities from the public and private sectors and the community, who showed their commitment to this important initiative for the protection and sustainability of this protected area, which belongs to the Cotubanamá National Park.

“This is a first step towards making this tourist destination a model of sustainability worldwide, where social development and environmental protection coexist in perfect harmony,” said Oscar San Martin. From this purpose, accessibility to drinking water, electric mobility, community training for sustainable enterprises, responsible waste management and sustainable fishing, among others, are already being promoted on the island.

As part of these initiatives, the CEB general manager said that the community will soon have electric boats for fishermen and highlighted the hydroponic crops and honey projects that are already being developed with the community.

This resolution is part of the “Sustainable Saona” program developed by the ministry in collaboration with different public and private institutions, including CEB, to ensure that the community and its visitors, who number more than one million per year, can enjoy a safe and dignified place, under the proper controls required by a protected area of this level.

Saona, first island with 100% clean energy

As part of “Sustainable Saona” CEB commissioned in January the first 100% renewable energy plant that provides electricity supply to the more than 600 inhabitants of the island, as well as to tourists on the beaches and existing businesses, making Saona Island the first and only island in the hemisphere to be powered by clean energy 24/7.

The system is integrated by a structure of photovoltaic modules that store energy in sophisticated batteries and provide a reliable and continuous electrical service. These are state-of-the-art modules with an initial storage capacity of 5 MWh (megawatt hours), to guarantee continuity and quality of service at all times.

As part of these initiatives, the country’s first electric catamaran will soon be ready to transport visitors to Saona Island under a zero emissions scheme.

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