Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
In the early 2000s, environment ministers from the OECS identified sustainable energy and energy efficiency as priorities and set objectives to improve the effectiveness of the energy sector in member countries. More particularly, the OECS was asked to prepare a regional policy and public awareness strategies on energy management for consideration and adoption.
Given the clear commitment of the sub-regional environment ministers concerning the improvement of sustainable energy, the Environment & Sustainable Development Unit of the OECS undertook a number of initiatives to address various issues in the energy sector. Nonetheless, there was a need to develop a comprehensive framework for energy conservation and management at the sub-regional level.
In early 2012, Econoler was mandated by the OECS to provide a strategic framework that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the energy sector. The foundation of that framework was intended to serve in the elaboration of sub-regional and national strategies and action plans.
Under the framework of this project, Econoler carried out the following activities:
- Reviewed the available energy policies in OECS member countries, including the results of the work previously done under the Sustainable Energy
- Programme and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Project (CREDP/GIZ) of the Organization of American States (OAS);
- Examined the scope of the issues contained in the policies of participating countries to determine how to address pertinent energy issues;
- Examined best practices on policies, action plans and implementation of interventions in both the Caribbean region and across the world to guide the development of tailored strategies and action plans for the OECS members;
- Identified the most critical sectors with high energy utilization, based on consultation with stakeholders, and determined priorities for which action plans would be developed;
- Evaluated the potential EE market in terms of investment and energy savings, for all the sectors: residential, public, commercial and industrial
- Identified and prioritized the main barriers to the effective implementation of interventions aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the target energy sectors;
- Developed a Regional Energy Efficiency Strategy (REES), as well as a national energy efficiency strategy, for each participating member country of the OECS;
- Developed sub-regional and national action plans for each participating member country of the OECS to implement the interventions identified in the strategies;
- Proposed business models for implementing EE programs
- Developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the REES, the national strategies, and action plans in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. The M&E framework identified all the key performance indicators to be tracked along with the expected results, means and frequency of data collection, responsibilities and potential risks associated to them. All in all, the proposed M&E platform will allow for a reliable assessment and monitoring of the main outputs, outcomes and impacts of the sustainable energy initiatives to be implemented.
The implementation of this project led to both the development of sub-regional and national strategies, as well as action plans for promoting and controlling the development of sustainable energy. The adoption of these strategies and action plans, at the national and sub-regional levels, would thus help increase the energy sector efficiency in OECS countries and thereby provide them with a sustainable approach for managing and alleviating energy shortages.