Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Caribbean experts recommend creation of regional centre for renewable energy and energy efficiency

ROSEAU, Dominica, 22 July 2014 - The technical design and institutional set-up of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) was discussed and agreed on  by energy experts of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States at a two-day workshop that ended today in Roseau, Dominica.

The event was organized by the Small Island Developing States Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Government of Dominica, with financial support from the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).

The workshop was a follow-up to an official request of SIDS DOCK to UNIDO in August 2013 to assist the small island developing states in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Africa in the creation of a SIDS network of regional sustainable energy centres.

With the technical assistance of UNIDO, a consultative preparatory process for the Caribbean centre was launched in close coordination with the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat. This helped develop a needs assessment and project document on the technical and institutional design of the centre.  

Pradeep Monga, Director of UNIDO’s Energy and Climate Change Branch, noted the importance of a regional energy centre and its role in boosting inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the Caribbean. "The centre will play an important role in empowering the private sector and industry and help in developing new job and business opportunities in the sustainable energy sector," said Monga.

The new centre is expected to focus on policy implementation, capacity development, knowledge management, awareness raising and the creation of business opportunities for the local sustainable energy industry. The centre will also act as a think-tank and will play a key role in creating economies of scale and a competitive sustainable energy market and business sector.

The centre will become part of UNIDO´s Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres. The SIDS centre will be announced as part of the South-South partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, scheduled to take place from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa.

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Further information on the workshop is available at: www.ccreee.org  

For more information, please contact:

Martin Lugmayr

UNIDO Sustainable Energy Expert

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