TBY talks to Eleanor B. Jones, Managing Director, Environmental Solutions Ltd (ESL), on the sector.

Eleanor B. Jones

What is ESL's contribution to the environment in Jamaica?

ESL launched on Earth Day in 1991 and has been a trailblazer, committed to its mission to provide practical solutions to harmonize development with principles of environmental management ever since. ESL's launch occurred in the runup to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Summit, which embodied a global thrust to integrate development around the mantra of “sustainable development." Our name reflected the commitment of the partners to convey solutions for these ongoing problems, particularly within civil society and the academic community.

How do you enable companies to deal with environmental challenges while boosting their bottom lines?

I often say the more “enlightened" clients come to us. If they want to do any kind of development, we are happy to have a look at their land before they even purchase it so we can help them look at the assets and liabilities from an environmental perspective. There are other environmental conditions such as assessing hazard vulnerability, managing water and energy needs, and recommending appropriate interventions. The bottom line is influenced positively by reducing risk and potential damage and loss and by enhancing the natural attributes of a given proposal.