Saint Lucia will join the CARICOM community in pushing for better energy use from November 9 – 15, under the theme “Energy Sustainability for Economic Prosperity – We’ve got the power”.
This year’s theme seeks to catalyse a national response to the many opportunities for economic benefit from investments in cleaner and sustainable sources of energy.
A slew of commemorative activities targeting every sector has been planned and will be spearheaded by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.
These include a Private Sector Energy Fair, carpooling week, school lectures, debates and panel discussions, exciting photo and art competitions and a public sector transportation workshop. A key focus will be the transportation sector which continues to be the lead consumer of energy locally.
The opportunities in the agro-processing sector especially with respect to the benefits of solar drying will also be highlighted in a national training workshop. Ministry officials will trump up media and public engagements to stimulate greater appreciation and support among citizens for the National Energy Sector Road-map.
Recent significant progress in developing the country’s geothermal potential coupled with exciting prospects in the development of a solar wind farm in Vieux Fort have the potential to position the country on new horizons of economic prosperity.
As Saint Lucia makes the paradigm shift towards an exciting energy future every citizen, community organisation, business and civil society groups have an important role to play and can benefit meaningfully.
As such, Energy Awareness Week 2014 will also promote energy efficient action at the individual and household level.
National activities for Energy Awareness Week 2014 are being supported by the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge and the Caricom Secretariat.
The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology encourages citizens to partner with it for an exciting Energy Awareness week 2014 under the theme “Energy Sustainability for Economic Prosperity – We’ve got the power”.