Caribbean closer to having a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

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Participants at the meeting
Participants at the meeting

With just a few months left before the Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) is taken to the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED), Caribbean energy experts are confident that Member States will accept the code that has been developed after a series of regional consultations.

Speaking at the final Regional Project Team (RPT) meeting for the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) in Suriname, Mr. Norbert Churchill, Chairman of the Regional Project Team, noted that there was an urgent need for the Region to accept and implement such a code. He highlighted the recent catastrophic hurricanes that battered the Region and explained that Regional leaders agreed that it was time to establish policies, standards and codes that would help to strengthen the resilience of the Caribbean.

According to World Trade Organisation (WTO) guidelines, any standard developed is a voluntary document so it is the responsibility of the Member State to adopt and implement accordingly.


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

Walking the talk for energy

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Hundreds participated in the second Regional Energy Kilo-Walk which was held on Saturday, 25 November, 2017, under the slogan ‘RE-Thinking Energy: Walk the Talk’.

The walk, which was coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Guyana Energy Agency, moved off from the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, wended its way along the Rupert Craig Highway and ended at the Secretariat.

The activity was aimed at highlighting the role that citizens can play in securing their own sustainable energy future, and creating a platform for engagement and increased public awareness of sustainable energy and development issues.

“The purpose of this walk … is to increase awareness around sustainable energy matters, this month being CARICOM Energy Month, where what we really promote is … efficient production, delivery and use of energy. As citizens, we are becoming increasingly empowered because of technological changes as well as increasing awareness in how we can produce and use our own energy”, Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy at the CARICOM Secretariat said.

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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.

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Clear link between sustainable energy and sustainable development – Dr. Devon Gardner

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Energy Programme Manager at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Dr. Devon Gardner said Monday that there were clear linkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development.

Delivering remarks at the launching of CARICOM Energy Month at the Quiskeya University, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dr. Gardner referred to CARICOM’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. He said that the economic, social and environmental resilience targeted by the Plan could be derived from suitably designed energy systems and projects that could positively contribute to environmental protection, water production and food security, for example.

“The catalytic role of the energy sector has become evident too for other socioeconomic issues, such as the enabling of education, health and sustainable agriculture, and creating jobs”, he said.

The launch took the form of a half-day mini-symposium, which focused on the expectations and opportunities of the CARICOM’s Energy Policy, Roadmap and Strategy as well as Haiti’s sustainable energy pathway, highlighting realistic options and priority actions. An exhibition which featured projects and technologies of private sector energy companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), was held after the symposium. A section of the exhibition was dedicated to presentations of prototypes and project models designed by University engineering students. President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, addressed the opening ceremony and visited the exhibition site at the Quiskeya University.