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Nov 7, 2011

CARICOM Countries face energy efficiency obstacles

Paul Flowers

Flowers also explained some of the obstacles that CARICOM countries face as it relates to energy efficiency and he also highlighted notable initiatives in Belize which are geared toward sustainable energy.

Dr. Paul Flowers, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment

“For most CARICOM countries, the critical issue is one of inadequate energy security arising from overdependence on imported petroleum and petroleum products. That is when energy security is viewed as a comprehensive manner to include availability, affordability and reliability of supplies. Linked to this is the exposure to volatility of oil prices on the world market and the need for diversification as an objective to reduce risk. Another issue for all CARICOM countries has to do with the sustainability of energy supplies, which link into themes of clean, green, low carbon in the context of the climate change challenge.  While Belize must continue to explore and develop its petroleum sector towards energy independence from imported energy, it is noted that Belize continues to make many strides towards achieving a sustainable energy development pathway. Belize has one of the highest proportions of renewable energy in the electricity sector in all of CARICOM. We note the strides being made by Belize towards the establishment of a national energy policy framework, the sustainable energy initiative in the building sector—for example, the feasibility study being done to improve efficiency at the KHMH. The contribution from the BELCOGEN Co-Generation Plant utilizing biomass is also noteworthy.”

According to Dr. Flowers, ongoing regional initiatives include the CARICOM Energy Policy and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy.

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