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.
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
Energy conservation and the implementation of an Energy Efficiency Building Code are critical to mitigate the impacts of climate change which pose great risks to countries, like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, within the Caribbean. This was the sentiment expressed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce in St. Vincent and Grenadines, Ms. Sandy Peters-Phillips, on Monday 24 July, 2017, when she addressed the opening of the Second Meeting of the Regional Project Team (RPT) for the Development of the CARICOM Energy Efficiency Building Code (EEBC).
The Meeting was held in Kingstown over two days, 24-25 July 2017, and, according to Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy within the CARICOM Secretariat, signalled the “collective intent of CARICOM to act in a collaborative and cohesive manner to give life an Energy Efficiency Building Code for the Region”.
Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who was at the technical meeting session, provided critical insight into a number of key issues, especially the legal requirements and socioeconomic considerations at national levels, of which the RPT should be mindful. He indicated that the inclusive approach that was being pursued, with regard to the EEBC development, could contribute to balancing the technical options, which were being considered by the experts, with the national realities and provide an easier path for country adoption.
At this, the Second Meeting, the RPT reached consensus on a Draft Caribbean Application Document (CAD), just four months after the first meeting was convened in Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting also resulted in the endorsement of a programme of work for the effective, efficient and timely completion of the Regional EEBC.
Guyanese photographer Keron Bruce is encouraging others in his field to be serious about their work and become more competitive so as to reap the benefits.
He knows what he’s talking about! He has twice copped the first prize in the Region-wide 2016 CARICOM Energy Month Professional Photograph and Art Competition. CARICOM Energy Month is held each year in November. In addition to topping the photography field twice, he also placed third in the video competition that was held also as a part of CARICOM Energy Month.
Mr. Bruce threw out the challenge to youth on Wednesday 25 May, 2017, after he collected his US$3000 first prize and Beats Headphones third prize at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The prizes were presented by Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, in the presence of Programme Manager, Energy at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Devon Gardner, Mr. Glynn Morris of the GIZ Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme, and other Energy officials. (more…)
At a simple handing over ceremony on Tuesday, 2 May, of a piece of software to monitor and measure energy use in the Secretariat, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., said that the efficiency that could be gained from use of the software would accelerate financial savings in the organisation. Smart use of energy could also lead to a change in attitudes, professionally and personally, she said.
The GRIDVIS software, presented by the Government of Germany through the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) through the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme, is compatible with equipment that the Programme handed over to the Secretariat last year. The equipment is being used to provide sub-metering to monitor the consumption of electricity by the major devices within the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters Building. The equipment also enables the collection of detailed temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide data, which is necessary for the monitoring of indoor air quality and comfort.