Now headed towards its nineteenth anniversary, the Camagüey Environmental Engineering Center (CIAC), in central Cuba, has produced concrete results in environmental protection through the development of research projects as well as providing scientific and technical services aimed at reducing pollution.
Among those responsible for this task is Lázaro Alberto Ferrer Blanco, who holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. For Ferrer, choosing and applying all the options for environmental protection is a daily challenge. He says, “Our work is aimed at minimizing environmental damage in the least costly way possible, taking into account the accessibility of technologies, development conditions, and the impact caused by the economic and financial embargo imposed by United States to Cuba.” Ferrer adds that, faced with real technological difficulties, the human factor is essential: “Regardless of the material shortages, there is an economically successful approach in the training of the personnel and in maintaining technological discipline. Thus, there can be a decrease in pollution of over 30 per cent.”
Thanks to the work of the specialists of the Center, the Camagüey province currently shows notable progress in the reduction of polluting waste in the industrial sector with the implementation of methods aimed towards sustainable development. Ferrer explains, “Clean production, for example, means saving energy, water, and raw materials, in other words, increased profits.” He explains how several companies, such as the Tínima Brewery Company and a local wire factory in Nuevitas, have produced very good results with a considerable reduction of waste.
Founded on February 18, 1992 as part of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, the Camagüey’s Center for Environmental Engineering has presented results that have a high socio-economic impact, like producing a type of heat-resistant sugar cane, a model for the integrated management of waste water in the food industry, and technical services to various enterprises to assess and control lower their emissions. In addition, this institution works towards the peaceful use of nuclear techniques in areas such as medicine, agriculture, and industry.
[Shown above is a photo of one of the Center’s researchers, Kenia Adela Ramos Espinosa, who holds a degree in pure physics and is in charge of a project for sustainable water use.]
Photo of Camagüey from http://www.cafecubano.com/fotosdecuba/details.php?image_id=2
Photo of CIAC researcher from http://www.adelante.cu/index.php/sociedad/7673-ingenieria-ambiental-19-anos-por-la-proteccion-en-camagueey.html
For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12755:centro-de-ingenieria-ambiental-de-camagueey-por-un-entorno-mas-limpio&catid=41:tecnologia&Itemid=54
For more information on the Center, see http://www.camaguey.cu/cent_cientif/ciac/Indice.htm