Exploring waste-to-energy technology in the Caribbean countries

Exploring waste-to-energy technology in the Caribbean countries

ST. GEORGE’S, 23 January 2016 – Solutions  that can help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) transform waste to energy was the theme of the first Caribbean Regional Waste-to-Energy Technology Expo and Conference that ended today in the capital of Grenada.

The four-day event, supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), brought together over 100 experts in the field of energy, climate change, environment and waste management. Participants noted the need for SIDS countries to move away from their dependency on imported fossil fuels and tap into other means of energy, including waste. They suggested setting up a  regional programme to help upscale investments in this respect.

Technology solutions and case studies by providers from the Caribbean region, as well as from Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States were showcased.

Speaking at the opening of the event, the Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell said that “the region must improve waste management and quickly deploy the waste-to-energy solutions that we already know can contribute to environmental protection and strengthen coastal resilience”.

During the conference, the first meeting of the SIDS DOCK Island Women Open Network (IWON) was also organized. Women from 14 Caribbean countries voiced their commitment to help build the capacity of women at the community and grassroots levels to allow them to participate in the transformation of the Caribbean energy sector.

The conference was jointly organized by the Government of Grenada, SIDS DOCK, the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, the newly-established Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, and the German cooperation agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

The World Intellectual Property Organization, the Swedish Energy Agency, and the Austrian Development Agency also provided support.

For more information, please contact:

Martin Lugmayr
UNIDO Expert on Sustainable Energy