Join our forum Subscribe to mailing lists
Join a chatroom Join a meeting
Browse the site by category

ENERGY MINISTERS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION TO ADDRESS RISING OIL PRICES

Energy Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have underscored the need for urgent action at the national and regional levels to address the escalating challenges associated with increasing oil prices.

The Ministers ended a one-day Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana, on Thursday. They acknowledged that the energy situation remained dire for the net oil importing Members of the Community given the recent surge in oil prices intensified by the ongoing political unrest in the Northern African and Middle Eastern Region. They noted that the prevailing high prices had the potential to create a crisis for net energy importing Members and brought into sharp focus the need for energy to remain a priority for the region.

The Ministers agreed that Member States needed to place priority on energy efficiency and conservation, as well as to speed up the transition to renewable energy.

Having identified gaps and areas for strengthening, including those related to renewable energy and climate change issues, the Ministers mandated that the finalisation of the CARICOM Energy Policy be expedited. A draft of the Policy was submitted to CARICOM Heads of Government in 2007.

The Meeting established the procedure for finalization of the Policy and recommended its revision for submission to the Thirty-Second Meeting of the Conference of Heads scheduled for July 2011 or, alternatively, that an update be provided to the Heads of Government. The Policy will also address the issue of energy systems integration within CARICOM.

At the Ministerial, which was preceded by a Meeting of Officials, the Ministers examined the results of a regional energy pricing study conducted with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). They endorsed the key recommendations including the need for a review of the approach currently being used in many CARICOM countries, and its impact on fuel prices. A working group has been established to conduct this review.

Energy Ministers commended and endorsed the proposed approach to be taken by the CARICOM Secretariat to develop the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) as mandated by the Twentieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of Conference of Heads of Government. The C-SERMS will establish sustainable energy targets and actions at a regional level to complement the CARICOM Energy Policy.

The Meeting mandated the CARICOM Secretariat to continue to mobilise support from development partners for sustainable energy developments identified by Member States.

Further, in an effort to heighten awareness and provide information to the regional populace on sustainable energy options and the need for greater efficiency in the use of energy, the Meeting agreed to the institutionalization of a CARICOM Energy Week to be held during the week of November 7, 2011, and thereafter on an annual basis during the second week of November.

The CARICOM Secretariat was also mandated to coordinate support from existing regional projects to assist Member States in staging the CARICOM Energy Week at national levels.



Category/ies:Regional Articles.
RSS: RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.




View My Stats