‘There is no time to waste’ – UK’s top trade official on Caribbean energy transition
By: Darren Henry, UK Trade Envoy to the Commonwealth Caribbean
(NewEnergy) We are at a critical moment for the future of our planet. Temperatures are rising, storms are raging, crops are failing. It is vital that as we approach the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 in Glasgow, we increase climate ambition around the world, to protect our planet, build more resilient economies and support those that are most vulnerable to global warming. The Caribbean is one of the most susceptible parts of the planet. As Small Island Developing States (SIDS) there has been devastating effects of extreme weather and warming oceans, which are compounded by external economic shocks and the current global pandemic.
Without exception, and despite the challenges that the Caribbean faces, each nation is adapting to climate change and investing in renewable energy. I am pleased that the UK can support this transition through partnering with New Energy Events and sponsoring this virtual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum. While it is always good to meet face to face, this year’s virtual gathering is a positive and fitting demonstration of our ongoing willingness and capacity to engage remotely – and is aligned with our shared clean growth agenda. I commend everyone who has made this event possible despite the challenges.
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