CARICOM Secretariat Meeting

Event Date: 
February 28, 2013 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Port of Spain, Trinidad

Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy team present initial findings from their Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy

The Worldwatch Institute, in conjunction with the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will meet with the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to present initial findings from the Institute's research on sustainable energy solutions for the Caribbean.

Characterized by a heavy reliance on fossil fuel imports, but also having an abundance of renewable energy resources, Caribbean islands face a strategic turning point in deciding the region’s future energy profile and ability to adapt to the dangers of global climate change. Worldwatch has been studying each CARICOM member state’s energy sector and is developing a long term strategic plan to help set bold and realistic targets that will lead the way to a more sustainable energy future. This roadmap provides the Caribbean islands with opportunities for them to fully utilize home-grown resources, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and become examples for other countries for doing the same.

This conference, taking place at the Port of Spain Hyatt Regency, convenes the leaders of CARICOM’s energy unit with decision makers from each member state’s energy ministry to focus on the finalization of the Regional Energy Policy and Agreement by Member States. Participants will discuss targets and strategies for renewable energy and energy efficiency under the first phase of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS).

For more information and if you would like to attend this event, please contact Evan Musolino at emusolino@worldwatch.org.

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About the Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in 15 languages. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org. Worldwatch's Climate and Energy Program aims to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy based on sustainable use of renewable energy sources in concert with major energy-efficiency gains, sustainable agricultural practices, and low-emissions transportation. The group reports regularly on its work on the Institute’s Re|Volt blog at http://blogs.worldwatch.org/revolt/.

About the Caribbean Community Secretariat

Started in 1972, the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) seeks to strengthen ties among Caribbean islands through economic integration, functional cooperation, and coordination of foreign policies. Comprising fifteen member states and five associate members, the Secretariat focuses on work affecting human and social development, regional trade and economic integration, and foreign and community relations. For more information, visit www.caricom.org.

About the Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. It aims to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. Established in 1959, IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. For more information, visit www.iadb.org.