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Nov 7, 2011

15 Countries attend CARICOM Energy Awareness Week

All fifteen CARICOM countries are simultaneously holding activities in commemoration of the first annual CARICOM Energy Awareness Week. The objective of the activities is to sensitize the public on the use of renewable energy, the importance of energy to economic development, energy efficiency and the sustainability of energy supplies. While it actually started on Sunday, the week of activities was officially launched at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza this morning where Dr. Paul Flowers of the Ministry of Natural Resources spoke on behalf of CARICOM’s Joseph Williams, whose flight was delayed by a storm.

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

Paul Flowers

“CARICOM countries are concurrently energy week activities during the week November sixth to the eleventh, 2011. The general theme which has evolved is “A clean, low carbon, sustainable and secure energy future for CARICOM”. The decision to stage CARICOM Energy Week was taken by ministers with responsibility for energy at a special energy meeting in March of this year. CARICOM energy week 2011 is therefore an inaugural event, which will become an annual feature in the community. However, I would go on to say that the idea of a week focused on energy matters is long overdue, especially when one considers the importance of energy to economic development as well as the cross cutting nature of energy.  Energy Week provides a very good platform for informed and balance discourse on a variety of energy sector issues towards robust energy policy formation and action plans. Therefore, we expect that general information on efficiency and conservation and the importance of renewable energy will be shared, however, it is important that the opportunity be taken to encourage in debt discussions and exchanges relevantly impacting the energy sector development such as which policy instruments are most appropriate for our context to achieve the level of scaling up required for the optimal utilization of renewable energy.”

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