The Regional Quality Infrastructure (RQI) for Sustainable Energy defines the initiative, which is being jointly implemented by the CARICOM Secretariat and the CROSQ, which entails the development of codes, standards and conformity requirements for efficient energy‑use in buildings. On account of the significant energy-use without the buildings sector, as well as the perceived advancements made within the Region in regard to energy efficiency actions, this area was prioritized. Nevertheless, there is an expectation that the RQI will be extended to include actions that promote sustainable energy use within the transportation sector, focusing on vehicle technologies and parts, as well as fuels.
Within the current design, the RQI entails the following:
Building Code and MEPS: The development of an Energy Efficiency Building Code (EEBC), addressing the methodologies and approaches for designing energy‑efficient building envelopes, as well as the installation of energy‑efficient mechanical, lighting and power systems, and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for non‑residential buildings within CARICOM, addressing better building designs.
MEPS for select appliances, equipment and small distributed renewable energy technologies: The MEPS are expected to systematically address energy performance, in regard to efficient energy‑use for: air conditioners, refrigerators, lighting devices (compact fluorescent lights and light emitting diodes), fans, motors and pumps, as well as energy performance in regards to efficient energy production from: solar water heaters, and solar photovoltaic systems.
Energy labelling standards for household electrical appliances: The Energy Labelling Standards are intended to function as a Regional scheme, informing and encouraging consumers within the respective Member States to purchase increasing quantities of more efficient products, and will complement the MEPS, when established.
Metrology, accreditation and conformity assessments: The conformity requirements for successful implementation of the code and standards will be a major area of focus, and will include arrangements for inspecting, testing and certifying products, along with region‑appropriate schemes for building the capability and capacity for supporting the conformity requirements for the RQI within CARICOM.