Sustainable Energy Roadmaps


Climate and Energy Director
Research Associate
Senior Fellow
With massive amounts of untapped renewable energy and energy efficiency potential hidden within the burgeoning economies of developing countries across the world, Worldwatch Institute’s low-carbon development strategies project provides nations with advice on crafting policies that unlock these potentials and establish effective deployment strategies. Worldwatch will initially focus on the Caribbean and Central American regions and then extend the approach to other municipalities, provinces, and countries elsewhere.



About Sustainable Energy Roadmaps

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Transitioning from a carbon-intensive economy to a low-carbon future presents challenges and opportunities for developing countries. Our Sustainable Energy Roadmaps help countries successfully navigate the change to an infrastructure capable of meeting the energy challenges of the 21st century.

Our approach involves examining a country’s renewable resources potential for renewable energy production such as wind, solar, small hydropower and biomass. We also analyze existing energy infrastructure to identify the potential for, and hurdles to, increased efficiency and energy storage. This technical analysis also allows us to catalog the grid enhancement and extension that increased use of renewable energy could require. At the same time, we look at the current socio-economic and policy environments to identify barriers to low-carbon development and rely on international best practices to suggest how they can be overcome. Equally important, we analyze funding options that might be available from private, public, and multilateral institutions to help bring renewable energy projects into being. 

The project strengthens government and civil society capacity, enhances stakeholder engagement, and advances policies that combat climate change. By collaborating with local stakeholders in each country, Worldwatch produces concrete Low-Carbon Energy Roadmaps that empower them to reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports, local pollution, greenhouse gases, and long-term energy costs.  At the same time, the roadmaps lead to new business opportunities and high quality jobs. 



Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment

October 2015


Harnessing the Dominican Republic's Sustainable Energy Resources

July 2015 | Spanish Translation


Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap

November 2014 | French Translation

Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap

November 2013

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

Execuitve Summary | June 2013


The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America


June 2013 | Spanish Translation

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

October 2011 | Spanish Translation

Sustainable Energy Roadmaps: Guiding the Global Shift to Domestic Renewables

Report #187 | March 2012 

Low-Carbon Energy: A Roadmap

Report #178 | December 2008

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Our featured Roadmaps:

Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment

Harnessing the Dominican Republic's Sustainable Energy Resources

Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap

Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap

The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America