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Wheatley heads to 5th Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley is now headed to Nassau, Bahamas, for the 5th Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF-V) scheduled to begin tomorrow and end on Wednesday.

Wheatley was invited by CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, and will lead a two-man Jamaican delegation to the Forum.

The forum will seek to facilitate high-level dialogue on best practices aimed at promoting a region wide shift to sustainable energy use, while encouraging greater use of renewable energy sources and improvements in energy efficiency in individual member states, in line with the CARICOM Energy Policy of 2013.




"With the shared understanding that easy and economic access to, and (the) efficient use of energy is the cornerstone of a production platform aimed at delivering economic growth and inclusive development, I expect that (the) forum will move us further along the trajectory of successfully achieving energy security and ... growth at both the individual member state and regional levels," said Wheatley.

According to Wheatley, the biennial Forum, which had its second meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 2010, seeks to more certainly link renewable energy policy and strategy to implementation at the regional level, while referencing individual member state best practices.

As a clean energy coordination and implementation forum, CSEF-V will see over one hundred national, regional and international stakeholders from civil society, the private and public sectors in attendance.

BOX: Agenda items for the Forum will include:

* A ministerial panel on energy, climate and sustainable development with a focus on effectively linking the Nationally Determined Contributions, the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Road map and Strategy, and the Sustainable Development Goals;

* A regulatory round table to consider the integrated resource planning process and

* Policy, strategy and planning sessions aimed at in the first instance, shifting from concept to action and in the second instance at, gauging the effectiveness of the CARICOM energy transition process over the five year period of 2012-2017.