What if the Caribbean became a model for a resilient energy future ?
Such is the goal of the ETC Interreg project for “Energy Transition in the Caribbean”, which aims to establish active cooperation, in terms of energy management and the development of renewable energies, between Guadeloupe, other overseas territories and member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
Launched in 2019, the INTERREG cooperation project for “Energy Transition in the Caribbean” aims to encourage cooperation in energy management between Guadeloupe, other overseas territories and member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, to improve the resilience of island energy systems to major crises caused by climate change and to help the regional energy transition market to emerge by identifying and communicating on related investment opportunities throughout the Caribbean.
This cooperation project is structured around three fields of action: energy efficiency of buildings, sustainable transportation and regional development of geothermal resources.
Initiated and led by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, and implemented in conjunction with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), ADEME and BRGM, the project aims to encourage feedback on experience, pooling of best practices and the development of tools and methodologies that can later be replicated for roll-out out across the Caribbean by the end of 2022.
The project is 75% funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Development Fund (EDF) within the framework of the Caribbean INTERREG 5 programme.
Total project cost : €3,626,566.71
European Development fund (EDF) : €423,292.74
European Regional Development Fund
(ERDF) : €1,296,624.79
The project includes a total of 5 Work Packages (WP) divided into tasks to be performed by project partners
The ETC project deals with many issues shared by all Caribbean countries: islands territories dependent upon imports of expensive, fossil-based resources that pollute the environment, electricity production that relies significantly on such resources, and accounts for 2 - 20% of annual gross domestic product, not to mention the increasing needs of the transport sector and mobility.
Faced with these challenges and in connection with the development of Guadeloupe’s Energy Roadmap, the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, in association with OECS, BRGM and ADEME, has launched a regional cooperation initiative for energy management and the development of renewable energies, by way of an INTERREG 5 project, “Energy Transition in the Caribbean”. This project is the continuation of work carried out under the Caribbean INTERREG 4 programme and the “Geothermal energy in the Caribbean” project which, among other outcomes, enabled the Dominican Government to benefit from the strategic studies required for the development of its own project for a geothermal plant.