The CARICOM Secretariat pursued the development of a Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy based mainly on a mandate given at the Twentieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community [March 2009, Belize].
The Fifty-Fourth Special Meeting of the COTED (Energy), [February 2015, Guyana] agreed that the C-SERMS remains the overarching framework for coordination within the Region and endorsed the proposal for the development of the C-SERMS Platform as mechanism to improve the coordination of actions and actors in regard to the pursuance of the C-SERMS objectives and targets.
The CSERMS Platform provides an organizational framework for integrated planning among key actors including: the development partner community; financial services sector; academic institutions, civil society; national and regional policy-makers, as well as institutions of the Community.The structure is one within which a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), chaired by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), provides strategic oversight and guidance to a number of Thematic Working Groups (TWGs). The TAG comprises a mix of Regional institutions with energy-related mandates, viz. Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC); CCREEE, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). The TAG also includes representation from regional civil society and the development partners that are most deeply involved in the support of sustainable energy initiatives within the Region. The TAG first met in July 2016, and initiated the operationalization of the C-SERMS Platform.
The major conduits for stakeholder input within the C-SERMS Platform reside within the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), viz.:
- Policy and Regulations
- Information and Knowledge Management
- Capacity Building and Research
The Platform operates on the principle of regional ownership, and with respect and mutual accountability among stakeholders. Managed by the CARICOM Secretariat, the Platform connects the Strategy and Policy development process, coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat, with the implementation process, which will be coordinated by the emerging Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The regular operations of the Platform are supported by a Coordination team, which is contracted by the World Bank and jointly reports to the CARICOM Secretariat, through the Programme Manager, Energy.