BPM’s 10th anniversary celebration last Friday was a night to remember. BPM was honored by the presence of Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, parliamentarian Giselle McWilliam and many BPM members at Brakkeput Mei Mei.
The evening opened with the ‘Past & Future’ car show where the guests compared classic cars, the island’s famous Wabis, to new fully electric cars, such as the Tesla S and Nissan Leaf.
There was great interest in the electric cars and the owners were asked many questions. Once you see an electric car, sit in one and talk with the owner, you learn that there are many advantages to owning an electric car: driving is cheaper than with gasoline, there’s no polluting emissions, almost no maintenance and it’s possible to charge your car for free via solar panels. There are only benefits for electric car owners and the island’s environment.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote speaker, Ms. Joanne Edghill, CEO of MegaPower from Barbados. She explained how MegaPower promotes electric driving on Barbados (more than 250 electric cars there!) and surrounding islands and how they rolled out a charging network. It was a very interesting presentation that showed that Curaçao also has many of the same advantages for driving even more electric cars.
BPM’s chairman, John Amarica, took the guests and members down memory lane presenting an overview of BPMs many sustainability projects, collaborations and achievements during the past 10 years. He explained that in the coming years, BPM’s focus will be to help our members implement BPM’s Minimum Sustainability Standards (MSS) and to have more B2B exchange of sustainability products and services among members.
The dinner was also prepared as sustainably as possible, with locally grown vegetables and no beef was served, because cows emit methane, a gas that is many times worse than CO2 when it comes to global warming.
BPM looks forward to our next 10 years and will gladly work together with all our members and the government to realize a greener, cleaner, healthier, safer and more sustainable island.
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