The Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Supply (Cli-RES) Project is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that seeks to support the implementation of the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP), the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C SERMS), the various national policies and strategies on energy for CARIFORUM Member States, while offering technical assistance towards climate resilient interventions within the region’s energy sector.
According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the small island developing states of the Caribbean are most susceptible to the impact of climate change. Recent catastrophic hydro-meteorological phenomenon (hurricanes, storms, storm surges, etc.) within the region, confirm the implications of climate change and rising sea levels in a region already burdened by a myriad of development challenges and economic uncertainties. Among the sectors most severely impacted by such phenomenon, is the Energy Sector – with the destruction of specialized infrastructure, resulting in prolonged power outages.
Cli-RES is being implemented in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARIFORUM Directorate. It encompasses the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC), and technical assistance towards the development of climate-responsive energy systems.
TAPSEC supports the development of new policies, innovative financing mechanisms, a modern regional information network, and the collective and institutional capacity required for the advancement of renewable energy and energy efficiency within the region; while the technical assistance on Climate Resilience promotes concrete measures towards improved resilience within the energy systems of selected participating states, taking into account electricity generation, transmission, distribution and consumption.
Cli-RES seeks to improve the information and data regime within the region’s energy sector, with the goal of adapting and designing energy infrastructure to withstand the impacts of extreme hydro-meteorological phenomenon. A diversification of the energy supply will make it less susceptible to extreme events, and ensure that power supply is more readily available in the event of natural disasters.
The project officially commenced on October 1, 2017, and will conclude on December 31, 2021.