Low-Carbon Development Strategies for the Caribbean



Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy

The Project Team

Climate and Energy Director
Research Associate
Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Maria Gabriela da Rocha Oliveira
Senior Fellow


Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS)

October 2015

Harnessing the Dominican Republic's Sustainable Energy Resources

July 2015


Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap

November 2014

Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap

November 2013

Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap (C-SERMS), Phase 1

Execuitve Summary | June 2013


Sustainable Energy Roadmaps: Guiding the Global Shift to Domestic Renewables

Report #187 | March 2012

Roadmap to a Sustainable Energy System; Harnessing the Dominican Republic's Wind and Solar Resources

October 2011 | Spanish




About Low-Carbon Development Strategies for the Caribbean


Worldwatch's Sustainable Energy Roadmaps for Small-Island States of the Caribbean aim to develop and communicate low-carbon energy strategies that empower these countries to reduce their consumption of, and dependence on, fossil fuel imports.  

By collaborating with local stakeholders in each country, Worldwatch helps determine effective ways for decision makers to increase energy security; reduce energy costs, local pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions; and create new business opportunities as well as high-quality jobs. The program began with a focus on the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica, but has since expanded to include work covering the larger Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The nations of the Greater Antilles (the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the island of Hispaniola as well as the Republic of Jamaica) are among the Caribbean’s highest consumers of energy. With no fossil energy resources of their own, these countries are highly dependent on fuel imports to supply their energy needs. This dependence has resulted in enormous economic and environmental costs.

Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmaps show ambitious, but realistic and practicable avenues toward an energy future that is more sustainable from any perspective – socio-economic, environmental, or security. The roadmaps will serve as important strategic blueprints and as reference points for the necessary partnerships of governments with technical experts, utilities, business leaders, investors, and local communities.

Worldwatch’s Caribbean program currently includes the following initiatives:

  • CARICOM - Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy Defining achievable short-, medium-, and long-term goals for renewable energy, bio-energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for the member states of the Caribbean Community, and thus providing a general framework for the attainment of these national targets. Coordinated by the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) and supported with funding by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
  • Assessing and Harnessing Renewable Resources: Empowering Decision Makers in the Dominican Republic Analyzing the wind and solar potentials of particular zones around the Dominican Republic. Supported by the Alianza en EnergĂ­a y Ambiente con CentroamĂ©rica (Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America, EEP).
  • Designing and Communicating Low-Carbon Energy Roadmaps for Small Island States of the Caribbean Examining the potentials of different energy solutions including solar, wind, and biomass, as well as energy efficiency and storage opportunities for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. Funded by International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.



Some praise received for the Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap

"This report provides us with the practical steps that enable us to fast-forward the deployment of renewable energy. With it, we improve conditions of wellbeing, the national economy and we become a shining example of what the future is all about."

Jose Maria Figueres, President Carbon War Room


"Data driven, the Roadmap is critical to energy sustainability addressing policy, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy systems , grid stability and much more."

- Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Associate Vice President-Sustainable Energy, University of Technology, Jamaica


"Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica is a resource with both practical and achievable recommendations that can have the transformative impact the country’s electricity sector badly needs."

Mark Lambrides, Chief, Energy & Climate Change Division, Organization or American States


"Congratulations to you and the team, EXCELLENT!"

Joseph Williams, Head of the Energy Programme for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)