Environment Regional News 

CDB President: Protect Countries’ Fiscal Stability in Shift to Clean Energy

BONN, Germany – Two years ago, countries in the Caribbean Region committed to ambitious climate goals under the Paris Agreement. With support from institutions like the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), many are making progress to mitigate the impact of climate change by beginning to shift to clean energy. However, international organisations that are promoting this transition must also guard against fiscal instability in small island developing states (SIDS). “In our efforts to help SIDs achieve specific renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, we must be mindful that we do not…

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Climate Change Environment Regional News Youth 

Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Announces Partnership with Solar Head of State at COP23 Climate Conference

Plans to educate youth about renewable energy across the region During this year COP23 climate conference, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and Solar Head of State (SHOS) launched a partnership to promote education on renewable energy across the Caribbean region. The CYEN is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop actions to address socio-economic and environmental issues. The CYEN programme aims at addressing issues such as poverty alleviation and youth employment, health and HIV/AIDS, climatic changes and global…

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Environment 

Arbour Month Activities Launched

A brief ceremony signaling the activities for Arbour month was organized by the Department of Environment on Monday 6th November at the Botanical Gardens under the theme “Ride the Climate Wave” Chairperson of the event was Arica Hill, Education Officer at the Department of Environment, while brief remarks were given by Dr. Helena Jeffrey Brown, Senior Technical Coordinator at the Department of Environment and Minister of Health and the Environment, Hon Molwyn Joseph. Those attending the launch were also given the opportunity to participate in the annual tree planting exercise…

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Climate Change Environment 

‘No retreat on ban on Plastic bags and Styrofoam products’

The day before the country celebrated its thirty-sixth-anniversary of political independence, Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph announced that there is no retreating and no surrendering on the matters of banning the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Minister Joseph made the declaration at the V C Bird International Airport Terminal on Tuesday, just outside of the arrival hall, moments before he unveiled his Ministry’s Go Green banner on which was inscribed the ban on both Styrofoam Products and Plastic Bags. After learning of the plight of local poultry…

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Climate Change Environment Technology 

Molwyn Receives New ‘Privately Registered’ Donor Funded Tesla Model X

In another bold move, Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph signaled his continued commitment to his government’s green and environmentally friendly initiatives by officially accepting the keys to an Eco-Friendly Tesla Model X vehicle on Tuesday. During the handing over ceremony in the parking lot of the Environment Department at Botanical Gardens, a smiling Minister Joseph gracefully accepted the keys to the spanking new black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Moments before accepting the keys, the Health and Environment Minister disclosed at a press conference that the citizens and…

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Environment Regional News 

NAGICO and Solar Head of State Partner at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Solar Head of State and NAGICO Insurances are delighted to announce their partnership to promote the expansion of renewable energy across the Caribbean. The two organizations recently held a high-level drinks reception at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, entitled “A Celebration of Caribbean Leadership in Renewable Energy”, during which attendees learned about the steps that the Caribbean is taking to become a frontrunner in implementing sustainable technology. Guests came from over a dozen countries and territories in the region and included Government Ministers, CARICOM representatives, utility companies and solar developers….

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CDB Climate Change Environment 

CDB: Technical Support, Diversity Critical in Caribbean’s Shift to Clean Energy

As the Caribbean makes the shift to clean energy, governments need technical support to plan for and implement new technologies. In addition, sector stakeholders could accelerate the Region’s transition to renewables by building diverse partnerships and networks, and improving their engagement with the wider public. These were key themes in the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) presentations during the 2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami, Florida from October 18 to 20. Tessa Williams-Robertson, Head of the Bank’s Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency Unit, told participants at the Utility Leaders…

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CDB Environment 

CDB Approves Funding to Advance Grid Modernisation and Energy Storage in the Caribbean

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a USD350,000 grant to assist utilities and relevant stakeholders across the Region to develop, plan and design energy storage and grid modernisation solutions, which could accelerate the Caribbean’s shift to clean energy. The technical assistance, provided through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-C) Fund, will support at least six individual grid modernisation and/or energy storage proposals from the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). Tessa Williams-Robertson, Head, Renewable Energy/ Energy Efficiency Unit, CDBexplained, “This technical…

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Environment 

Waste Management Solutions Discussed at Training Programme

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)-funded Small Island Developing State Center of Excellence (UNDP SIDS-COE), based in Aruba, recently selected Antigua and Barbuda for a one-week technical assistance programme to develop a roadmap to address innovative Waste Management Solutions. TNO Caribbean (Aruba) provided an experienced delegation to assist with developing this roadmap. TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research has contributed to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to economies and to the quality of society as a whole. A press conference held at the Department of…

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Community Disaster Management Environment Housing Safety 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES FOR HOMEOWNERS IN BARBUDA

Subsequent to the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda, many Barbudans are expected to return to the island. While it is the right of Barbudans to return to their community, the Ministry of Health & the Environment is cautioning the returning residents to appreciate that basic medical and utility services are still at a minimum and that every effort must be made to minimize the health and safety risks that are often associated with hazardous conditions associated with the passing of a hurricane. The Ministry is also advising…

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