A New Green Strategy for 6 Caribbean Islands

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Carbon war Room, an endeavor by Sir Richard Branson, together with the Rocky Mountain Institute has brought the nations of 6 Caribbean Islands on the same quest  to move forward towards a fossil fuel free future. A framework formulated at the meeting, states that the diesel fuel will be progressively replaced with renewable energy resources. The nations have agreed on endorsing sustainable and renewable power generation along with energy storage systems for superior energy efficiency.

Branson spearheads the “Ten Island Renewable Challenge” and hopes to promote the development of renewable energy and emphasize the importance of climate change pliancy among the Caribbean islands’ nations.

The co-founder of Rocky Mountain Institute, chief scientist Amory Lovins, states that islands are an exceptional test area to validate and scale pioneering clean energy solutions.

A New Green Strategy for 6 Caribbean Islands

Why Caribbean Islands?

The islands are highly susceptible to climatic changes brought on with the indiscriminate use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy resources. Global warming raises sea levels, directly affecting the islands. Rising sea levels is a threat to their fresh water resources in the short-term scenario and to their very existence on the long term. Increased storm surges result in flood-threats and loss of life and property on the islands.

The islands are invariable dependent on import of fossil fuels, thus ensuring that they have some of the highest selling rates across the globe.

On the other hand, the islands have a higher potential for production of renewable energy resources. They are also better equipped to develop and adapt to modern fuels. The islands are expected to sustain the greener change socially, ecologically and most importantly economically better than the main land.

The quest for a better tomorrow

The challenge is a Carbon War Room initiative for a better tomorrow. They hope to achieve their goals through creative entrepreneurship. It is an accepted fact that to expect renewable resources to completely or largely replace the non-renewable resources, is possible only if the production cost of renewable resources is lowered drastically to make it more affordable.

The summit has come up with a three point agenda to achieve its goals.

1.         An initiative for a CARICOM/CARILEC building with enough capacity, to help sustain operation of energy renewable and efficiency;

2.         Encouragement of a local ESCO market via PACE program development, training programs and, loan guarantees;

3.         Standardizing of efficiency playbooks for hotels and hospitals to make certain that all locations achieve access to verified energy solutions.

The Ten island Renewable Challenge

The leaders of the island nations met at Branson’s Caribbean retreat, Necker Island. Carbon War room and Rocky Mountain Institute have convinced the nations of British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Colombia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, and  Saint Lucia to join the Ten Island Renewable Challenge for a greener tomorrow.

Carbon war Room, an endeavor by Sir Richard Branson, together with the Rocky Mountain Institute has brought the nations of 6 Caribbean Islands on the same quest  to move forward towards a fossil fuel free future. A framework formulated at the meeting, states that the diesel fuel will be progressively replaced with renewable energy resources. The nations have agreed on endorsing sustainable and renewable power generation along with energy storage systems for superior energy efficiency.

Branson spearheads the “Ten Island Renewable Challenge” and hopes to promote the development of renewable energy and emphasize the importance of climate change pliancy among the Caribbean islands’ nations.

The co-founder of Rocky Mountain Institute, chief scientist Amory Lovins, states that islands are an exceptional test area to validate and scale pioneering clean energy solutions.

Why Caribbean Islands?

The islands are highly susceptible to climatic changes brought on with the indiscriminate use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy resources. Global warming raises sea levels, directly affecting the islands. Rising sea levels is a threat to their fresh water resources in the short-term scenario and to their very existence on the long term. Increased storm surges result in flood-threats and loss of life and property on the islands.

The islands are invariable dependent on import of fossil fuels, thus ensuring that they have some of the highest selling rates across the globe.

On the other hand, the islands have a higher potential for production of renewable energy resources. They are also better equipped to develop and adapt to modern fuels. The islands are expected to sustain the greener change socially, ecologically and most importantly economically better than the main land.

The quest for a better tomorrow

The challenge is a Carbon War Room initiative for a better tomorrow. They hope to achieve their goals through creative entrepreneurship. It is an accepted fact that to expect renewable resources to completely or largely replace the non-renewable resources, is possible only if the production cost of renewable resources is lowered drastically to make it more affordable.

The summit has come up with a three point agenda to achieve its goals.

1.         An initiative for a CARICOM/CARILEC building with enough capacity, to help sustain operation of energy renewable and efficiency;

2.         Encouragement of a local ESCO market via PACE program development, training programs and, loan guarantees;

3.         Standardizing of efficiency playbooks for hotels and hospitals to make certain that all locations achieve access to verified energy solutions.

The Ten island Renewable Challenge

The leaders of the island nations met at Branson’s Caribbean retreat, Necker Island. Carbon War room and Rocky Mountain Institute have convinced the nations of British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Colombia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, and  Saint Lucia to join the Ten Island Renewable Challenge for a greener tomorrow.

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