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Impact Assessment to reveal what progress the region has made in sustainable energy and energy security- UNDP/CEIS

Once again UNDP and CEIS are partnering to advance the case for renewable energy in the Caribbean region. This time they are conducting an impact assessment to evaluate how effective our energy programmes have been in reducing our heavy dependence on imported petroleum products. Primarily, the survey seeks to assess national and regional projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation to identify:

1. the tangible benefits to the participating countries emanating from the activities
2. any resulting increase in use of indigenous and renewable energy sources
3. improvements in energy security through reduced consumption of imported fossil fuels.

This assessment will take into account the projects implemented within the last 10 years, with 9 countries being targeted in this first instance: Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. After the surveys have been completed CEIS will identify any gaps where future interventions may still be needed to further advance the evolution toward sustainable energy sectors in the region.

Sustainability in this instance refers to long term energy sources which can be replenished and have little detrimental environmental impact (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, etc). Energy security has connotations of reliability of supply, using local resources, and minimising cost fluctuations.

These factors are critically important to these developing Caribbean states as they have are highly reliant on external supplies of energy which are vulnerable to global supply and demand, spills, piracy, wars, and various other risk factors. Further, with tourism-based economies, high energy intensities, and some of the highest electricity prices in the world, finding means of securing a low-cost renewable energy future becomes very important. Additionally, although these countries contribute minimally to global greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable energy needs to be a part of national climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Work has already started in several countries, including Jamaica, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada and Barbados. Preliminary results are expected to be available by July.

These activities are being executed under the UNDP “Bioenergy in the Caribbean” project. For more information on the project please contact:

Danielle Evanson, Project Coordinator, UNDP Barbados and the OECS

Tel. 246-467-6000 ext 6033 Email:

For further details on the Impact Assessment please contact:

Mona Whyte, Team Leader, Caribbean Energy Information System

Tel: 876-927-1779 Email:

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