|Sustainable Energy Framework for Barbados|
This project is led by Mr. Marlon Moore.
Barbados, a country-island of 431 square kilometres and a population of approximately 271,000, ranks high among Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries in terms of social and economic indicators. However in terms of energy, Barbados has very high dependency on fossil fuels. Approximately 90% of the electricity produced is generated from fuel oil. With the current high price of oil, the Government of Barbados (GoB) is committed to introducing clean energy technologies and energy conservation as means to reduce this dependency from expensive fossil fuels. Additionally, the GoB is interested in ensuring the security and stability of the energy supply, maximizing energy efficiency and achieving environmental sustainability.
The GoB has taken the leading role in adopting Energy Efficiency (EE) practices to coerce other sectors of society to use energy resources more efficiently. In this light, several measures have been adopted for government facilities in the areas of official transport, government buildings, air conditioning, energy audits, lighting and electric appliances, among others. Outside their own efforts, diverse measures and incentives have been discussed to enhance EE: energy conservation programs, energy rebate programs, home energy efficiency, home energy audits, a national building code, among others. The Division of Energy and Telecommunications, Prime Minister’s Office oversees all energy policy related matters.
In February 2009, the Government of Barbados entered into a Technical Assistance Agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide assistance to develop a Sustainable Energy Framework for Barbados.
The general objective of this project is to promote renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) in Barbados, thus (i) reducing the country’s dependency on imported fossil fuels, (ii) enhancing security and stability in energy supply, and (iii) improving overall environmental sustainability in the country.
The specific objectives of this project—related to the respective project Components described below are:
(i) To help the Government of Barbados (GoB) develop a Sustainable Energy Framework (SEF) for Barbados, and achieve institutional strengthening in the areas of RE and EE (Component 1);
(ii) To help the GoB promote EE in the country’s key sectors, and to implement energy efficiency pilot projects (Component 2);
(iii) To help the GoB identify and promote the most effective alternatives for RE generation, and to implement renewable energy pilot projects (Component 3);
(iv) To ensure wide dissemination of all project activities and results, thus contributing to improving information on sustainable energy practices in Barbados (Component 4).
The overall Sustainable Energy Framework for Barbados (SEFB) project ids comprised of various components:
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