James Husbands - The green economy,opportunities and challenges
Promoting Green And Inclusive
Growth In The Caribbean.
Energy is the life blood of
The growth in demand for
energy will continue to
increase or spiral.
There is no one single source
to deliver our energy needs.
CARIBBEAN OIL IMPORTS
The region relies heavily on oil to
fuel its development
2004 – oil imports were US$ 6.5
2007 – oil cost almost doubled
to (US$ 12 billion)
Balance the goals of
Reduce the impact of
The widespread development and deployment
of renewable energy technologies has been proposed;
*as a mitigating factor to climate change;
*as a solution to the high energy prices, and
*the creation of new jobs to reduce poverty.
Solar: Thermal & Solar (PV)
SOLAR ENERGY: THERMAL
The Farm housing development
– St. George, Barbados
SOLAR ENERGY: THERMAL
*COST SAVINGS 1974 - 2002, BARBADOS
THE BARBADOS MODEL: Researched by USAID
As at 2002,saved Bds $260 million in energy costs
Carbon emissions avoided in 2002, 14,000 tons
Tax incentive was helpful at 13%cost .
As at June 2011 - $1 Billion in savings
Photovoltaic panels on the roof of
Harrison Cave in St. Thomas, Barbados
Photovoltaic panel displayed
at a training session
SOLAR ELECTRICITY (PV)
Ministry Of Transport and Works
- In the Dutch Caribbean, the
islands of Aruba, Bonaire
and Curacao have used wind
energy to generate
electricity for decades.
- Curacao has installed
modern wind turbines
and has one of the
largest wind farms
in the Caribbean.
The Government of Barbados
proposes that 30% of our energy
demand will come from
• Waste to energy.
• Photovoltaic energy.
• Energy incentives for domestic
and commercial use of
Geo-thermal Resources of the Caribbean
are mostly available in:
Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, Nevis, Saba
Biomass energy is
energy generated by
the burning of any
organism, for example
Sugar cane stalks
bagasse, wood chips,
grass, rice and corn
husks and saw dust
waste, are readily
The Distribution Option
REGIONAL PIPELINES TO TRANSPORT ENERGY
Solar Electricity (photo-voltaic) & Solar
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
The Green Economy
Use conventional energy wisely
Maximum utilization of Renewable Energy
Development of new renewable options
Build Capacity to manufacture, install sell and service products.
Level the cost of energy to meet our growth needs