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Caricom supports govt in renewable energy exploration

Representatives from the Caricom Secretariat and the German government are currently on island to assist the government of Antigua and Barbuda in its vision to develop a national energy policy.

L-r Thomas Scheutzlich Principal Advisor Caribbean Renewable Energy Programme, Joseph Williams programme manager energy, Carlton James advocacy advisor along with Juliana Jarvis sustainable energy officer within the Office of the Prime Minister and also facilitator of the consultation.

 

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer first made the announcement in his New Year’s address to the nation saying that his government will be taking definitive steps to address the issue of energy sustainability.

 

To this end, a sustainable energy desk was established to advise the government on prospective energy-related research and development projects, and to identify and champion key activities geared toward increasing energy efficiency and conservation.

 

Speaking at consultation held at the Prime Minister Office on Friday, Advocacy Advisor in the Caricom Secretariat, Carlton James, said the use of renewable energy is already in many Caribbean countries and needs to be adapted by more.

 

James added that the media should play a pivotal role in promoting the government’s stance on renewable energy by creating a greater awareness of the issue.

 

“You need to be in a position to be able to identify challenges and the opportunities that are presented by issues of energy and energy efficiency with relevant sources within the country and the wider Caribbean.”

 

Principal Advisor of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme Thomas Scheutzlich intimated that Antigua and Barbuda can make use of wind and solar energy in all their forms.
He said the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme, is supported by the German government and implemented by the Caricom Secretariat which coordinates energy programmes and policies.

 

“We do that in the entire Caribbean since 2004 and basically, we support governments in creating framework conditions for the application of renewable energy and energy efficiency that includes technical assistance in resource assessment, energy policies, capacity building and also network international best practice.”

 

He further indicated that Caricom commends Antigua and Barbuda on the steps it has taken to lessen dependency on fossil fuels.

 

Programme Manager of Energy, Joseph Williams, also praised the country for making the very important step in establishing a desk to focus on energy issues, more importantly sustainable energy.

 

The Caricom delegation has pledged to continue to provide technical support and assistance to the government as it moves to develop its National Energy Policy.

 

Source: Antiguan Sun



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