Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)
The creation of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre (CCREEE) is closely linked with the Energy Programme of the CARICOM Secretariat, the Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK), as well as the creation of a wider network of regional sustainable energy centres for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
In recent years, the CARICOM Secretariat has taken major steps to mainstream renewable energy and energy efficiency into its regional policies, programs and activities. The experience of other regions has shown that regional cooperation can be a useful tool to facilitate the creation of sustainable energy investments, markets and industries.
In April 2008, at the background of the record oil price spike, the CARICOM Secretariat commenced the Energy Programme as one of the programmes within the Directorate of Trade and Economic Integration. The Energy Programme was assigned the responsibility of implementing a programmatic approach to energy sector developments in the Region. This established a departure from the traditional “project approach” and aims to facilitate greater responsiveness in carrying out the Community’s energy related mandates as well as fostering a harmonized approach to the region’s energy issues.
The Forty-First Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy held in March 2013 approved the CARICOM Energy Policy, which provides direct focus on the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency to propel the development of the Region. At the same COTED, the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) was approved to support the Policy with, inter alia, initial regional level targets for renewable energy contribution to total electricity generation in CARICOM, specifically, contributions of 20% in 2017, 28% by 2022 and 47% by 2027.
The Energy Programme is executed by the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat and has responsibility for policies, strategies and coordination on regional energy matters. The CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP) and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) provide orientation for the Energy Programme. The regional strategy on energy was also anchored within the Five Year Strategic Plan of the Caribbean Community (2015-2019), which was approved by the Thirty-Fifth Heads of Government Conference held in 2014, in which energy has been identified as a cross-cutting theme but with particular focus on the building of economic and environmental resilience within the Community.See more