Young people at centre of sustainable energy thrust

Listen as Dr. Devon Gardner, Energy Programme Manager at the CARICOM Secretariat, chats on CARICOM Today about the winners of the 2017 CARICOM Energy Month competitions, and the importance of youth to sustainable development:

Winners of CARICOM Energy Month Competitions announced from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

According to Dr. Gardner, the youth-centric focus of competitions – held in observance of CARICOM Energy Month last November – was in recognition of the importance of their involvement in shaping their future; a future that is built on a foundation of sustainable energy. (more…)

Winners of CARICOM Energy Month Youth competitions announced

Students from Guyana, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, have copped the coveted prizes of the 2017 CARICOM Energy Month Youth Essay Competition, while youth from Belize, Grenada, and Guyana came out tops in the Young Energy Artist Competition.

Guyanese Sasha Woodroffe, currently a student at the University of the West Indies, won the Tertiary Award as well as the Golden Pen Award for the Best Overall Entry in the Youth Essay Competition. Her prizes are a laptop and a golden engraved pen.

Kiziah Soverall, of Bishop’s High School in Tobago, won the first prize in the 10-12 category of the competition, while Ariel Albert of Saint Lucia’s St. Joseph’s Convent, won in the Grade 7-9 category. They  won laptops for themselves, and laptops and multi-media projectors for their schools.

Secondary and Tertiary students were invited to express their vision through written essays or letters justifying the need to advance the Region’s sustainable energy transition, and their vision for how their country could support this transition. (more…)

Walk the Talk for Energy on Saturday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Programme will hold its Regional Energy Kilo-walk on November 25, 2017 at 6 am from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana.

Under the slogan ‘Re-Thinking Energy – Shaping a Resilient Community: Walk the talk’ participants from the length and breadth of Guyana, across all differences, will attend the event as we seek to highlight the role of citizens in securing their own sustainable energy future by providing information on the steps that can be taken to empower them to do so.

Updated Kilowalk Poster

The event, which is a part of the series of planned activities in observance of CARICOM Energy Month 2017, aims to target a wide cross-section of society and is expected to provide a platform to increase awareness on sustainable energy matters as well as the efforts of the CARICOM Energy Programme, the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Energy Agency.

The walk will commence from the Arthur Chung Convention Centre westward, turning right onto Conversation Tree and along the Rupert Craig Highway to UG road, then heading west along the Railway Embankment and concluding at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters where participants will reassemble for a short programme and refreshments.

The event is expected to be attended by officials from the various Ministries, members of the Diplomatic Corp, members of staff, representative from various NGO’s, youth groups and the public.

Please see Kilo-Walk Programme


CARICOM Energy Month begins today


CARICOM Energy Month is observed in November each year and is a collaborative initiative to address the key energy issues and promoting cooperation based on the needs and common interest within the Caribbean Community. It is a celebration of the significant strides that have been made within the Region in its transition to a sustainable energy pathway towards achieving long-term behavioural changes.

This year, the theme is ‘RE-Thinking Energy: Shaping a Resilient Community’. Several activities have been planned for the month including webinars, an art competition for youths, a regional energy kilo walk, and a youth essay competition. This year, an award for an energy personality is being introduced. The award will recognise the contributions made by an individual to the sustainable energy development of the Region.

Please see flyer below for the activities that will be held during CARICOM Energy Month.

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Strategic focus on energy, climate, disaster risk necessary – Energy Month launch hears

The “vicious cycle” of severe climate impacts, high indebtedness and high fossil fuel import bills that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) faces, was on Monday highlighted to underscore the reality of the Region as it pursues sustainable energy.

In remarks at the launching of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) at Quiskeya University in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, CARICOM Energy Programme Manager, Dr. Devon Gardner pointed to the  impact of the ferocious hurricanes on the energy sectors of CARICOM Member States and Associate Members .

‘The recent spate of hurricanes – Irma, Jose and Maria, which impacted the Caribbean between August and September – has reshaped this year’s Energy Month agenda. Concomitant with these extreme weather events was the extensive damage to the electric grids and other critical infrastructure within the countries, which impacted the availability of modern energy access, albeit temporarily, to citizens in Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and other territories. This is one example of how our vulnerability to climate and disaster can retard advances that are made toward attainment of the global SDG’s: Goal 7 is related to an “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, he said, as he delivered remarks on behalf of the Secretary-General of CARICOM.

Noting that many CARICOM Member States were struggling to overhaul outdated power plants prior to the passage of the hurricanes, he highlighted the example of Dominica, which, pre-hurricane, was on the verge of reaching financial closure for the construction of a geothermal plant. That facility could have reduced the island’s dependency on fossil-based electricity by 50 per cent. Now, the government is faced with the priority of providing for its citizens who have been heavily impacted by the hurricane. (more…)