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

‘2017 holds great promise’ – President David Granger, incoming CARICOM Chairman

President David Granger profile

“2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,”  said President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, incoming Chairman of the CARICOM.

In a New Year Message, President Granger – who will chair the Community for six months from 1 January, 2017 – placed people at the centre of the integration movement, and pointed to the actions that were being taken to ensure that they were secure and safe, and were equipped for the 21st century economy and society.

“This year marks the mid-point of our Five-Year Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2019, a foundational element in the Community’s Reform Process.  That process is geared towards ensuring that our people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives. Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly about people,” he said in the message.

President Granger also took the opportunity to express gratitude to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who chaired the Community for the past six months.

“As Guyana assumes the Chair of CARICOM, I would like to thank the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of Dominica for his able leadership of the Community for the past six months.  As I receive this baton, I will continue to guide our Community in the path of sustainable development which serves the interest of all its people,” President Granger said.



Energy Roundtable underway at CARICOM Secretariat


CARICOM Energy Roundtable - from left, Adviser to the President, Mr Gary Best, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Devon Gardner, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox; Minister of Public Infrastructure Guyana, Mr. David Patterson , Dr. Mahender Sharma				 Chief Executive Officer, Guyana Energy Authority (GEA)

A Roundtable to define the potential role that Guyana’s energy sector could play in regional energy affairs is underway at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Roundtable is a joint initiative of the Secretariat, through its Energy Programme, and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) with support from the GIZ’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) programme.

Guyana’s pursuit of a green economy, the imminent transformation of its economy via oil and gas and the Region’s Energy Policy that promotes a shift to sustainable energy through increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency are under discussion. The engagement wraps up the observance of CARICOM Energy Week which is held in November.

Among the participants at the half-day forum are representatives of the Ministry of the Presidency of Guyana, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure of Guyana, the GEA, the Guyana Power and Light Company, the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber, the Caribbean Development Bank,  the German Agency for International Cooperation,the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the U.S. Embassy in Guyana, the Inter-American Development Bank.

In photograph at the Guyana Energy Roundtable are, from left: Mr. Tarachand Balgobin, Director, Project Cycle Management, Ministry of Finance, Guyana; Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Gary Best, Adviser to the President of Guyana on the Environment; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Joseph Cox,  CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration; Mr. David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Guyana;  Dr. Mahender Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, GEA, Mr. Thackwray ‘Dax Driver, CEO Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber; and Mr. Gavin Bovell, Specialist, Energy, Department of Environment, Office of Climate Change, Ministry of the Presidency, Guyana.

Door to ‘green’ economy open to CARICOM Member States -President David Granger

President David Granger and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque share a hand shake following their meeting today in Morocco. (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
President David Granger and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque share a hand shake following their meeting today in Morocco. (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)

Marrakech, Morocco – (November 16, 2016) The ‘green’ state development agenda, which is being advanced by the Government of Guyana, presents opportunities for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to invest in eco-tourism and climate resilient agriculture and access opportunities for education and research in bio-diversity. This view was, today, advanced by President David Granger, during a meeting with Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the sidelines of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Morocco.

At the meeting, the Head of State described the progress Guyana has made with regard to defining its ‘green’ state policy and also discussed with the Secretary-General the Region’s position on the critical need for improved financing for climate related programmes.

The President, in an invited comment, following the meeting, said that even as the international momentum towards urgently addressing climate change is propelling countries to make this a priority area, it has created new opportunities regionally for collaboration and this has opened the door to CARICOM investments in Guyana’s push towards a ‘green’ economy.

“We emphasised Guyana’s role as the largest CARICOM state, but being fully part of the Caribbean economy and we see that the other island states, which have got developed tourism industries would see it fit to invest more in Guyana’s unique eco-tourism product… Things have changed… some of the possibilities, which are now apparent were not evident in 1973 when the Community was established but I would say that particularly over the last year since COP21 the doors to the ‘green’ economy have been opened and this is the door, which I expect more CARICOM states to walk through,” he said.

Also attending the meeting were Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan, Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Directorate for Human and Social Development and Mr. Neville Bissember [Adviser to the Secretary-General, CARICOM Secretariat] (Ministry of the Presidency  of Guyana Press Release)

Modify, modernise in current realities – CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General

As in the past, the Community needs to continually look to the future while addressing present challenges. It must modify and modernise its approaches, operations and frameworks in keeping with the ever-changing internal and external realities.” Ambassador Colin Granderson

The ever-changing internal and external realities have made it imperative for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to modify and modernise its approaches, operations and frameworks.

Ambassador Colin Granderson, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations.
Ambassador Colin Granderson, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations.

This is the message Ambassador Colin Granderson, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, took to a new corps of Guyanese diplomats late in July at the Foreign Service Institute in Georgetown, Guyana. His presentation was part of an orientation exercise for the new Heads of Missions.

In a wide-ranging presentation titled ‘CARICOM Trends: Towards the Future‘, Ambassador Granderson addressed the Community’s position in the international arena and outlined the steps it should take to confront the changes and challenges.

He traced the Community’s development from free trade through Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA), to a Common Market, to a Single Market and, eventually, onto a Single Economy, and  pointed out that its history was never static. Rather, the Community always had an “eye on the future”.

“As in the past, the Community needs to continually look to the future while addressing present challenges. It must modify and modernise its approaches, operations and frameworks in keeping with the ever-changing internal and external realities.

“For example, as part of modernising operations, greater prominence should be given to the use of e-governance to facilitate the timely provision of public goods. At the end of the day, CARICOM needs to be more effective in its implementation. As regards trends toward the future, it is quite clear that a number of the future priorities will be similar to those of the past,” the Assistant Secretary-General said.