Caribbean Tourism Energy Agreement
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Programme (CARCEP) has signed a collaborative agreement with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in what is described as a landmark move to bolster energy efficiency in the Caribbean’s hotel sector.
The hotel sector is considered the largest electricity consumer sector in the region.
On the weekend, CARCEP said the agreement, which was signed during the official ceremony of the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Barbados, defines the joint actions to be taken to “effectively address the sector’s needs primarily in the areas of energy policy reform, research and capacity development.”
This initiative is largely directed at beneficiary countries under USAID CARCEP’s mandate – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said CARCEP in a statement.
It said hotel owners in these islands will be equipped with access to technical tools, training and other resources to help them understand and adopt energy efficiency best-practices to reduce their energy consumption.