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    2015 CARICOM Energy Week

    EmPOWERING our Sustainable Development

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    2015 CARICOM Energy Week

    EmPOWERING our Sustainable Development

About

This year marks the fifth staging of the CARICOM Energy Week, which is part of the annual calendar of activities within the CARICOM Energy Programme. The CEW seeks to increase knowledge and awareness around critical energy issues among diverse segments of the Community and is a partnership among the CARICOM Secretariat, Member States, regional institutions and development partners within the Community.

Background

Energy plays a vital role in the economic development of any society: Energy is the engine for the production of goods and services across all economic sectors. CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) was established in 2011, as an annual event, based on a mandate from CARICOM Energy Ministers to provide a platform for increased awareness on energy matters.

Objectives

CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) 2015 will be staged from Sunday, 8 November to Saturday, 14 November. Activities will be held across Member States of the Caribbean Community and will be under the theme “EmPOWERING our Sustainable Development”. The choice of the word “Empower” is a deliberate play on the term as it is envisioned that the spreading of awareness on sustainable energy will enhance the ability of Caribbean folk to make decisions and choices on the way in which they access and utilize energy; simultaneously, the broad engagement of stakeholders is expected to advance Regional efforts for sustainable energy production and use.

Scope

CARICOM Energy Week is intended to utilize a “mix of awareness building and knowledge creation” to increase the general participation in the Regional energy sector. The activities and events, which will be staged, will provide an opportunity to raise awareness in relation to energy matters in Member States whilst simultaneously addressing, in a deliberate way, some of the critical energy issues that continue to limit sustainable energy use and the sustainable economic development of the Region.

    2015 Energy Week Schedule

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    Innovation Projects Competition

    The Innovation Award is intended to recognize “Projects of Excellence” for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency applications. A search will be conducted (through establishment of a Search Committee) to identify innovative projects within Member States, focussing on those that deliver affordable, sustainable energy solutions that have the potential to become game changers and enhance the contribution of the energy to the building of economic, social and environmental resilience. The competition will be launched on 1 October ; entries will close on October 30 and judging by an expert panel will take place during CEW 2015. The winner will receive a prize.

    App Development Competition

    An App Development Competition will be launched during CEW 2015. This is intended to promote the development of apps for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more as a new tools for engendering increased understanding of sustainable energy practices among Caribbean citizens, allowing them to take action and make better-informed decisions towards their energy, including electricity sources, and use.
    The competition will be Regional and will have two categories – Junior (under 25) and Open. The Preparatory Workshop will be an online forum – Webinar – conducted by a mix of energy and ICT experts and will seek to orient participants on some of the common energy challenges facing the Region and equip them with knowledge on the platform that will be provided to them for the design and creation of the apps. The competition will be launched during CEW 2015 and will last until March 2016.

    Video, Photograph and Art Competition Registration Form

     

    The Caribbean is endowed with several renewable energy resources – wind, biomass, solar, geothermal and other resources – which remain to be developed. How can we shape a sustainable future by tapping into the energy resources that we possess?

    Participants are invited to submit online digital photographs, creative videos/animations, or scans of artwork highlighting the empowerment of the peoples of the CARICOM Region through sustainable energy use.

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