Stick To Sustainable Practices In Developing Energy Sector, Guyana Tells Region
Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has challenged Caribbean governments to employ and promote sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in their energy sectors, even as they pursue development for their countries.
He made the appeal as he addressed the just ended Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference, regarded as the leading energy conference in the Caribbean.
Trotman told the participants that all countries, especially those in the region, must begin to see their natural resources as part of their God-given national patrimony and aim to develop them in keeping with the recently defined sustainable development goals.
He said his government’s plan was to ensure that the country becomes a green economy by 2020, through the development and promotion of green initiatives and practices in the various sectors of the economy.
“In 2016 we realized even more that the two, energy and the environment, are inextricably and inexorably linked. Guyana, therefore, has a simple and strong objective to sustainably harness and develop the natural resources with respect for the environment and the promotion of the dignity of the people,” Minister Trotman said.
Speaking on the recent discovery of oil and the potential for production, he noted that while Guyana is excited at the prospects of being an oil producer, it is also cognizant of the fact that it has committed to becoming a country that utilizes 100 per cent renewable energy within the next decade.
Trotman noted that Guyana’s challenge, shared by all Caribbean states, is to be self-sufficient in energy and produce a surplus that can be sold on the world market. But he said the country has been unable to access reliable power at stable, reasonable costs and, as such, has been carefully examining hydropower projects, which caters for sustainable development.
“A potential alternative such as hydropower is within the hinterland regions, which are sparsely populated and away from the typical centres of consumption…Access to the natural resources is already there. Infrastructure and viable energy options remain a challenge and hopefully, with vision, planning and expected revenues, we can provide an energy mix that sees us using more renewables and selling the vast majority of our hydrocarbons,” he said.
“We are an unflinching subscriber to the CARICOM Energy Policy that mandates its member states to transform the energy sector through the provision of secure and sustainable supplies of energy in a manner which minimizes energy waste in all sectors, to ensure that all CARICOM citizens have access to modern, clean and reliable energy supplies at affordable and stable prices…We each have our peculiarities in terms of location, size, industry, state of development, strategic economic and development plans; and commodities on offer, but our diversity must not be a barrier to our integrated development,” the minister added.
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