Caribbean Sustainable Energy ForumJune 28th, 2008
24-26 June 2008
Taylor Hall, St. George’s University, Grenada
The First Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) was held from 24-26 June 2008 at Taylor Hall, St. George’s University (SGU), Grenada, in conjunction with the Fourth Caribbean Environmental Forum (CEF-4).
The CSEF focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy security for Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS). Participants discussed a variety of topics, including energy efficiency, energy policy, wind energy production, solar energy, biofuels, advances in renewable energy, and financing of renewable energy projects.
Updates on specific energy projects based in Caribbean countries were also presented.
Delegates also participated in the launch of the Photovoltaic (PV) Test Field at SGU and attended a variety of technical tours. Dirk Burkhardt, Research Fellow, WINDREF Institute/Managing Director and Chairman, Grenada Solar Power Ltd. (GrenSol), Detlef Loy, Consultant, CREDP/GTZ, and Thomas Scheutzlich launched the PV Field Test of the PV Research Programme.
Tuesday June 24, 2008
The opening session of the fourth Caribbean Environmental Forum (CEF-4) was held in three consecutive sessions on Tuesday, 24 June. These sessions focused on a number of topics, including sustainable development in Caribbean and the role of sustainable energy.
Hans-Peter Debelius, Director of Regional Office for the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), presented some of GTZ’s work on sustainable energy in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, which included tailoring solutions to local conditions and supporting partners to train specialists in various fields, define conditions needed to achieve energy supply scenarios, and planning national and regional energy strategies.
Ambassador Angus Friday, Representative of Grenada to the UN and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), stressed the importance of new and sustainable energy sources, and said the Caribbean should not follow the same development path as developed countries but instead be proactive rather than reactive.
Senator Elizabeth Thompson, Barbados, compared the current food and fuel crises to a “perfect storm”, saying that the Caribbean, like the rest of the world, is under a storm warning because of high food and rising oil prices. She called for the development of renewable energy markets and plans to cope with energy costs in developing such markets, and emphasized the importance of a transition to renewable energy technologies. She highlighted Barbados’s use of solar energy for heating and underscored that the Caribbean is capable of cutting-edge development and innovation.
The second session focused primarily on the impacts of climate change
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