Walk the Talk for Energy on Saturday

Caricom Energy Month Logo Theme 2017

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.

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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


Building back better: The Caribbean’s wind of change

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British billionaire Richard Branson called it a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean.

Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne called it ”building on a sustainable basis in order to limit the impact” of future natural disaster.

Whatever it’s going to be called, Caribbean leaders, planners and citizens are increasingly talking about the need for a fresh approach to coping with all that Mother Nature has to throw at their archipelago of territories, prone to geo-faults and cross-Atlantic high winds.

Immediately after Hurricane Irma had wiped out most of Barbuda, St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet was part of the first delegation to arrive in Antigua.

Read more at: CaribbeanIntelligence

CARICOM Energy Month begins today

Caricom Energy Month Logo Theme 2017


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

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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…)