US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit

The US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit, hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden on May 4th 2016 in Washington DC, gathered Caribbean and Central American heads of government and energy ministers, multilateral development banks, the private sector and other international partners.

A US-Caribbean-Central American Task Force was launched in 2015 to advance energy security, enhance regional energy cooperation, support clean energy integration and promote donor coordination. At the summit, the Task Force presented a report to leaders, recommending actions to advance Caribbean and Central American energy security and integration, clean energy investment and regional energy cooperation. The leaders agreed on the importance of a diversified fuel supply and enhanced access to clean, cost-effective and reliable energy sources to spur energy security and economic competitiveness.

The Task Force identified steps to continue progress under the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI), focusing on actions that support and improve the governance and investment climate for clean energy. This included enhancing regional coordination on energy matters through the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (CSERMS) framework and the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).

CCREEE is designed to address the implementation deficit in the CARICOM sustainable energy sector by supporting and coordinating the execution of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and activities within CARICOM. It has the principal objective of assisting Member States in their navigation of what can be described as a competitive, yet lucrative RE and EE investment climate and support the modern energy landscape and sustainable development within the region. Primarily, the Centre represents an innovative fusion of regional and international efforts and capabilities. Its design allows for the leveraging of a network of intra and extra regional partnerships, thereby serving as a “hub” for knowledge and technical expertise on matters related to sustainable energy project implementation.

The process for the establishment of CCREEE is being driven by Member States and coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat with the support of the Sustainable Islands’ Energy and Climate Initiative (SIDS DOCK) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

In coordination with the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), the Task Force will establish  a priority list of clean energy projects for the region.

US-Caribbean-Central American Task Force Report 

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