Bridgetown, Barbados (TDN)
The Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) Pamela Coke-Hamilton called on the Region’s private sector to drive
forward with the adoption of renewable energy solutions at the EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference currently taking place in Barbados.
“What we have
found at Caribbean Export is that companies are increasingly eager to take corrective measures because it affects their bottom line”, Coke-Hamilton shared.
The implementation of energy efficient practices within business operations enables firms to be more competitive in the global market.
To assist these organisations, the Agency has developed an Energy Management Training module for their Productivity Network (ProNET) programme, which helps
SMEs address the role of energy in business, increase their understanding of the energy service supply chains.
In addition, following participation in the
course, businesses should be more equipped to make the choices necessary as it relates to different energy systems and their technologies to make them more
Coke-Hamilton urged that as a region, the transition towards renewable energy solutions becomes an increasing priority and that “we [should] move beyond
simply writing energy policies and work towards having these translated into actual legislation that would benefit the private sector”.
Initiatives such as the removal of VAT on energy efficient and renewable energy equipment, the support for the use of electric vehicles, and an
introduction to rebates for energy reduction are a few of the recommendations that the Agency has previously made to regional Governments.
Further, in recognition of the costs burdened by SMEs to make the necessary changes, the Agency is providing grants to firms so as to enable them to have
energy audits conducted. This energy audit would be the first stage to understanding the energy cost savings that could be seen as a result of implements
various energy efficient measures.
About Caribbean Export
Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) currently
executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean
Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion
services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances.
More information about Caribbean Export can be found at www.carib-export.com. Contact: JoEllen Laryea, PR and
Communications, Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999, Email: [email protected]