Low-Carbon Development Strategies for the Caribbean
Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap
The Project Team
Climate and Energy Director
Sustainable Energy Lead Researcher
Execuitve Summary | June 2013
Report #187 | March 2012
October 2011 | Spanish
About Low-Carbon Development Strategies for the Caribbean
Worldwatch's Sustainable Energy Roadmaps for Small-Island States of the Caribbean aim to develop and communicate low-carbon energy strategies that empower these countries to reduce their consumption of, and dependence on, fossil fuel imports. By collaborating with local stakeholders in each country, Worldwatch helps determine effective ways for decision makers to increase energy security; reduce energy costs, local pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions; and create new business opportunities as well as high-quality jobs. The program began with a focus on the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica, but has since expanded to include work covering the larger Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The nations of the Greater Antilles (the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the island of Hispaniola as well as the Republic of Jamaica) are among the Caribbean’s highest consumers of energy. With no fossil energy resources of their own, these countries are highly dependent on fuel imports to supply their energy needs. This dependence has resulted in enormous economic and environmental costs. Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmaps show ambitious, but realistic and practicable avenues toward an energy future that is more sustainable from any perspective – socio-economic, environmental, or security. The roadmaps will serve as important strategic blueprints and as reference points for the necessary partnerships of governments with technical experts, utilities, business leaders, investors, and local communities.
Worldwatch’s Caribbean program currently includes the following initiatives:
Some praise received for the Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap
"Congratulations to you and the team, EXCELLENT!"
- Joseph Williams, Head of the Energy Programme for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
"This report provides us with the practical steps that enable us to fast-forward the deployment of renewable energy. With it, we improve conditions of wellbeing, the national economy and we become a shining example of what the future is all about."
- Jose Maria Figueres, President Carbon War Room
"Data driven, the Roadmap is critical to energy sustainability addressing policy, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy systems , grid stability and much more."
- Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Associate Vice President-Sustainable Energy, University of Technology, Jamaica
"Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica is a resource with both practical and achievable recommendations that can have the transformative impact the country’s electricity sector badly needs."
- Mark Lambrides, Chief, Energy & Climate Change Division, Organization or American States
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