On 1 and 2 October 2019, the Espace Régional du Raizet was the venue for the kick-off technical meeting of this cooperation project supported by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe in association with OECS, ADEME and BRGM in the scope of the Caribbean INTERREG programme. This first technical working meeting set out the conditions for implementation and also determined the project’s next stages.
- Cooperation, energy and higher resilience to major crises in the Caribbean
The ETC project initiated by the Guadeloupe Regional Council was adopted on 23 July 2019 during a meeting of the INTERREG programme Selection Committee organised on St. Martin. This confirms the will to establish active cooperation between Guadeloupe, other overseas territories and member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in terms of energy management and the development of renewable energies. It also helps to improve the resilience of island energy systems to extreme weather conditions caused by climate change.
- Sharing experiences and best practices
On the basis of feedback from across the Caribbean on the energy performance of buildings, geothermal energy and the development of renewable energies and green vehicles, the project will allow us to pool and adapt best practices to encourage energy transition.
The programme also includes informing and training Caribbean public and economic players on the energy and climate issues that island states are to face.
- Helping the regional energy transition market to emerge
Last but not least, the ETC project will allow us to identify and make known investment opportunities that support energy transition across the Caribbean.
With a provisional overall budget of nearly 3.6 million euros, 75% of which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Development Fund (EDF) within the framework of the INTERREG 5 Caribbean programme, the project is steered by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe and implemented in association with OECS, ADEME and BRGM.
The project activities are programmed for fulfilment by the end of 2022.