The Energy for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean (ESD) is aimed at reducing the growth of energy demand in five Caribbean countries (Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago) through increasing the efficiency of energy use in buildings, increased use of energy conservation and promoting the increased use of renewable energy resources.
The overall regional project consists of five (5) national components whose outputs are expected to make a significant contribution to improved use of electrical energy in these countries and provide examples of best practices across the region. It consists of various interventions whose outputs will contribute to increasing the markets, addressing financing barriers, and increasing awareness and building capacity.
The project is expected to bring about in the five Caribbean countries:
- Increased number of successful commercial applications of energy efficiency and conservation in buildings;
- Expanded market for renewable energy technology (RET) applications for power generation and productive uses;
- Enhanced institutional capacity to design, implement and monitor energy projects for sustainable development;
- Availability and accessibility of financing energy efficiency and conservation and renewable energy (RE) projects; and
- Increased awareness and knowledge on sustainable energy among key stakeholders.
ESD is a 4-year project financed by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the implementing agency, and executed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5CS).