The energy sector is changing rapidly around the world as greener and cleaner energy sources become increasingly part of global governmental mandates. Caribbean countries are remarkably positioned to benefit from the wealth of renewable energy sources across their lands.
Transitioning from energy systems largely powered by imported fossil fuels requires extensive planning, sustained commitment, and a wealth of financial and human resources to not only lead the sustainable energy transition but also to sustain it.
The GIZ values our strong collaborative relationship with the key players in the energy sectors of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic (DR) as we work to support the already ongoing efforts in the rolling out the CARICOM Energy Policy and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Road Map Strategy (C-SERMS) and the National Pact of the DR.
The Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) is a coordinated response, with the blessing of regional Energy Ministers, to increase the Caribbean’s pace towards sustainable energy implementation, especially in fulfilling the sustainable energy targets set by CARICOM and the DR.
TAPSEC’s implementation connects the visions and ambitions of government, private sector, civil society and other non-state actors in growing and sustaining the emerging renewable energy sector across the Caribbean.
With the challenges felt around the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the importance of the emerging renewable energy sector which, and you will see from this newsletter, has also demonstrated its resilience to keep going even when the rest of the world feels like it has stopped.
For us in TAPSEC, of course there are challenges. But keep reading and you will see how much we have accomplished despite those challenges, how much we are still working to accomplish, and how we are responding to all the other challenges thrown at us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe, everyone!