Energy Week competition prize-giving ceremony


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Two Guyanese were recently awarded for their entries to a photography and art competition that was held to coincide with the observance of CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) in November last year.

Professional photographer Mr. Keron Bruce and amateur photographer Brian Primo received their prizes at a simple ceremony held at the CARICOM Secretariat. Bruce was awarded for submitting the best photograph in the Professional Category of the competition, while Primo was presented with the second prize for the Amateur Category.

The duo was commended by CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, under whose Directorate Energy falls. Also on hand for the presentation was Dr. Andreas Taeuber, Head of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit/Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (GIZ/REETA) Project at the CARICOM Secretariat. (more…)

Can the Caribbean Dare to be Different?

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November 8-14, 2015 officially marks CARICOM Energy Week (CEW), bringing the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development in to focus under the theme ‘Empowering our Sustainable Development’.  The Caribbean boasts a wealth of renewable energy resources which, if utilised on a mass scale, would allow the region to be more energy independent, and able to generate exports in the energy sector.

At the opening ceremony of one of the Week’s activities – a two-day conference, Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency called for the region to move beyond talking about the issues at conferences and to “adjust or develop new legislation that supports and fosters the development of this sector… put in place incentives for the private sector to incorporate innovative technologies to reduce their electricity bills; and let us advocate for the public sector support that is needed to give the private sector the necessary platform to truly pioneer the growth of this industry.”


Energy: a critical integration tool – Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat

Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, addresses the launch of CARICOM Energy Week 2014 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Monday 17 November
Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, addresses the launch of CARICOM Energy Week 2014 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Monday 17 November

A few short weeks after he became a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat family, Dr. Devon Gardner got his feet wet at a meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) where he made a presentation on a critical proposal to the Community’s energy thrust.

His rapid-fire, succinct delivery, though late in the evening, held the attention of the Region’s Trade Ministers, and elicited discussion around the table. The proposal was endorsed and a Special COTED on Energy and the Environment was recommended to ensure exploration of the full ramifications and optimum exploitations of the proposal: the establishment of a Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CREEE).

Dr. Gardner assumed the post of Programme Manager, Energy, at the Secretariat at a time when the Community is moving resolutely to chart its sustainable energy course, which will see increasing amounts of renewable energy use and energy efficiency applications within the Region. (more…)

CARICOM Energy Week launched

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, on Monday launched activities to mark CARICOM Energy Week which is being observed Region-wide from 16-22 November 2014. The theme for the week is ‘Achieving Climate and Economic Resilience through Sustainable Development’.

In remarks at the ceremony held at the VINLEC Lowmans Bay Power Plant in Kingstown, Prime Minister Gonsalves said that St. Vincent and the Grenadines had the potential to become one of the first countries worldwide to have electricity provided completely by green energy.

Among the other speakers who made presentations at the launch were Director, Energy Unit, Ellsworth Dacon; Representative, Clinton Global Initiative Libby DeLucia; Chairman VINLEC Board of Directors Rene Baptiste and Programme Manager of Energy, CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Devon Gardner.