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Act with urgency on energy transition, region urged at close of forum in Bahamas
Published on January 27, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

CSEFV final panel begins discussion on the CARICOM Energy transition over the next ten years. From left are panelists Ian Douglas, Dominica Minster of Trade, Energy and Employment; Dr Al Binger, Interim Director, CCREEE; Robert Wright, Managing Director, New Lead Power; Dr Ken Leslie, Executive Director, CCCCC; and keynote presenter Dr Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat. Moderator is Prof. Arthouros Zervos, Chairman, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) concluded in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday following two days of robust discussions centred on the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) transition to more efficient and clean energy.

The forum elicited calls for sustainable energy champions at the national and regional levels, predictable laws and regulations, enhanced planning and strategy for development, and enhanced engagement with the private sector.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Kim Osborne of the Organisation of American States (OAS) pointed out that stakeholders were clear on the actions that had to be taken, and the urgency that was necessary. Osborne was echoing the sentiments of Bahamas Prime Minster Perry Christie, who delivered the feature address at the CSEF V opening ceremony on Monday evening.

Over the two days, several panels featuring government ministers and some of the biggest names in the regional energy field discussed a range of issues pertinent to the Community’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Discussions centred on the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) and the CARICOM Energy Policy; regulatory matters; building a culture of effective statistics and information management; funding the transition; and identifying knowledge, skill and quality requirements.

The forum, which attracted more than 100 persons, also looked back at progress in energy transition made over the past five years and looked forward to the next ten years.

Discussions were also held following presentations on the experiences of Jamaica and The Bahamas as they transition to clean energy.
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