Guyanese ‘change-maker’ Jubilante Cutting cops 2017 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Award

Founder of the Guyana Animation Network (GAN) Ms Jubilante Cutting
Founder of the Guyana Animation Network (GAN) Ms. Jubilante Cutting

Young Guyanese activist and animator, Ms. Jubilante Cutting, is one of four awardees who on Thursday received the coveted Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards for 2017 in front of an audience of almost 700 civil society leaders from across the globe. The awards ceremony was held in Fiji.

The Awards, named for human rights icon Nelson Mandela and former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, humanitarian Graça Machel, honour remarkable bravery and innovation in creating social change and empowering future generations.

The awards recognise outstanding efforts in four categories: Youth Activist, Individual Activist, Civil Society Organisation and Brave Philanthropy.

Youth Activist category winner, Jubilanté Cutting from Guyana, is pioneering the development of opportunities to help Caribbean youth shape the future of the digital and creative industries. In 2016, at just 19, she founded the Guyana Animation Network – an organisation that empowers young people with skills in digital media and animation.

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Building codes for energy efficiency in focus at Suriname meetings

RE-building-codes-black-and-whiteThe final meeting of the Regional Project Team for the Development of the Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), will be convened in Paramaribo, Suriname, 7-8 December, 2017.

The meeting will be preceded by Suriname’s national stakeholder consultation on the REEBC on 6 December, 2017, which will be hosted at Anton de Kom University of Suriname with the support of the University’s Board.

The establishment of the REEBC is a very important step in creating a clear and generally-accepted framework for maximising the efficiency of energy services in buildings.  This is a high priority given that approximately 40% of final energy is consumed in buildings in the Region. This represents a large proportion of the foreign exchange requirements for fueling the energy economies in the Region. (more…)

Push for change at individual level towards energy efficiency

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The role of individuals in energy conservation and efficiency across the Region was underscored on Monday during the launch of the Regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme (RBEEP) at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

Influencing a difference in their outlook and the way that people utilise energy in their own spheres, is one of the key outcomes that the RBEEP hopes to achieve.


The RBEEP is geared at cutting energy use in buildings in the Region while maintaining the quality of energy provided; reducing demand for imported fuel; and stimulating replication in CARICOM.

Speakers at the day-long forum highlighted the importance, not only of changes at the national, policy, administrative and technical levels, but also the critical impact of actions at a personal level.

Energy Conservation Tips
Turn off and unplug all appliances and equipment when not in use; Use lights only when necessary and remember to turn off all switches;  Replace all incandescent bulbs with new CFL or LED bulbs; Always remember to put a lid on the pot when cooking; Fix leaky faucets; Turn off all taps tightly; Minismise the opening and closing of air conditioned rooms; Use natural air conditioning. Build with good ventilation; Remember to save energy by car pooling; Buy energy efficiency appliances
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CARICOM launches regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ,on December 4, will launch a programme to improve the use of energy in buildings across the Region. The Regional Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) will be launched at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

The launch follows the introduction of BEEPs at the CARICOM Secretariat in December 2014, and at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission in August 2015.

The BEEPS are being done to address the dependence on fossil fuels and economic vulnerability as a result of the inefficient energy use in buildings in the Community.

BEEPs Background                      

With energy efficiency as a priority of the CARICOM Energy Policy and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS), a collaborative approach was developed to target energy use in building. The Regional Collaboration for Efficient Energy Use in Buildings (RCEEB) was spearheaded by the CARICOM Energy Unit and the CARICOM Regional Organisations for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).  Regional and international partners are also supporting the project within the overall framework of the RCEEB. (more…)

Electric school bus for St. Kitts and Nevis

An electric school bus. (Photo via SKNIS)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 29, 2017 (SKNIS): A new initiative is set to be implemented which will see the energy and transportation sectors in St. Kitts and Nevis transformed, as the result of a pilot project using electric school buses.

The project is a partnership between the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Belize with financial support from the Government of Italy.  This pilot project will support the procurement and installation of two solar-powered battery charging stations and at least three electric buses to replace aging and inoperable diesel and gasoline buses in the current fleet. Local capacity will be built through training and exposure to install and operate the charging stations and the buses during the pilot phase.

Cheryl Jeffers, Conservation Officer in the Department of Environment, said that the successful implementation of the project will bring many benefits to St. Kitts and Nevis as the aim is to support and contribute to the federation’s transition to a low carbon economy by facilitating a shift from the use of fossil fuels to the use of renewable energy in public transportation. (more…)