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Supporting Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Services for Small Island
Developing States through South-South Cooperation

Currently the world faces major food, financial and energy crises. Compounded by climate change, the prospects for achieving sustainable development dwindles as the countries of the region continue to rely heavily on the importation of food and fuel.



This is especially so in light of the energy intensity burdens placed on these small territories by increasingly service-oriented economies.

These global trends have prompted intensification of the efforts by local and regional governments to increase the energy security and sustainability in their territories by turning to renewable energy technologies and encouraging energy conservation. This should be amplified even further as unsustainable protective measures are removed. Research is being conducted in relation to wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and hydropower, and in some cases implementation is being initiated or is already underway. The decline in the agricultural sectors, particularly with sugar cane and elimination of preferential trade agreements with the European Union, is driving the interest in bioenergy development for the electricity and transport sectors.

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Project Achievements



  • pending release of the preliminary assessment of bioenergy production in the Caribbean
  • expansion of CIPORE Projects Database using data from the impact assessment survey


  • survey to assess the impact of energy interventions from 1999-2009 in the Caribbean on energy sustainability and security, identifying remaining gaps and barriers in nine countries
  • training of science teachers in energy efficiency and conservation, alternative energy, and related environmental issues


  • second training workshop and global launch of CIPORE
  • national focus group consultations on sustainable energy held in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, BVI, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines


  • training workshop on photovoltaic (PV) technologies for engineers and technicians of the electric utilities from St. Vincent and Sint Maarten



  • data collection on fuel and electricity consumption, national energy policies, biomass use, waste generation and renewable energy application in Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia completed

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Sponsored Databases

UNDP/Barbados & OECS sponsored an Impact Assessment Study which was carried out by CEIS in 2009. It identified a number of energy interventions occurring from 1999 – 2009 in nine (9) Caribbean countries.
Included in CIPORE database are details of the interventions that were assessed.

Press Releases

Impact Assessment to Reveal the Region’s Progress in Sustainable Energy and Energy Security

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