Harnessing Haiti’s Sustainable Energy Resources

Event Date: 
February 21, 2013 - 8:30am
Location: 
Pétionville, Haiti

Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy team present initial findings from their Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Haiti

The Worldwatch Institute, in conjunction with the Office of the Minister Delegate for Energy Security and supported by the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, will host a stakeholder consultation workshop on February 21 at the Karibe Hotel Convention Center, in Pétionville, Haiti.

At the workshop, Worldwatch will present the initial findings from its Sustainable Energy Roadmap project, which provides concrete socio-economic data and actionable recommendations that decision- makers can use to bring about a more sustainable energy future in Haiti. The final report will be presented to the Government of Haiti in the coming months.

With no fossil fuel resources of its own, Haiti is highly dependent on fuel imports and domestic fuelwood to supply its energy needs. This dependence has resulted in enormous economic and environmental costs. Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmap aims to identify ambitious, but realistic and practicable, avenues toward an energy future that is more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

This workshop convenes key policymakers, stakeholders, non-governmental actors, and business representatives together in one place to discuss the report’s initial findings and to foster a dialogue about the challenges and opportunities for Haiti’s transition to a more sustainable energy future.

For more information or if you would like to attend this event, please contact Katie Auth at kauth@worldwatch.org

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About the Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in 15 languages. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org. Worldwatch's Climate and Energy Program aims to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy based on sustainable use of renewable energy sources in concert with major energy-efficiency gains, sustainable agricultural practices, and low-emissions transportation. The group reports regularly on its work on the Institute’s Re|Volt blog at http://blogs.worldwatch.org/revolt/.

About the Office of the Minister Delegate for Energy Security

Created in November 2011 under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Works (MTPTC), this is the highest executive directly responsible for Haiti’s energy sector and is primarily responsible for advising the executive branch in all matters related to its administration. The Office’s main functions include planning the energy sector, developing a legal framework for the energy sector, and monitoring implementation.

About the International Climate Initiative

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrializing countries, as well as in countries in transition. The ICI is active in four areas: promoting climate-friendly economies, fostering measures to adapt to the effects of climate change, ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of natural carbon reservoirs, and conservation of biodiversity. For more information, visit http://www.bmu-klimaschutzinitiative.de/en/about_the_ici