Minister attends Renewable Energy Forum

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Home Secretary Walter Roban represented Bermuda at the 13th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum [CREF] held October 28-29.

A government spokesperson said: “The event is considered the largest annual event in the Caribbean energy market. This regional stakeholder event that explores opportunities to accelerate investments in clean energy is usually held in person, but has taken place virtually due to Covid-19. Participants include elected officials, civil servants, regional businesses, investment companies, development banks, international renewable energy developers and NGOs – in short, a very diverse audience.

“The organizers of the forum invited Minister Roban to participate in two round tables. The premiere on Wednesday, October 28, titled Reset, Rethink, Invest: Turning Clean Energy Aspirations Into Action, was moderated by Therese Turner-Jones, Executive Director of the Caribbean Countries Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. Among the other panelists:

  • The deputy. Stephenson King, Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renovation in Saint Lucia;
  • The deputy. Stuart Young, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Stephanie Gil, Practice Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Global Energy and Extractive Industries Practice for the World Bank; and,
  • The deputy. Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts and Urban Development of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

“Panelists were asked for the following statement: ‘Government ministers and regional leaders take the floor to debate how to support clean energy investments in the region as we look beyond COP26 and beyond. urgent need to accelerate change. Ultimately: what does the region need to do, and does it need, to convert energy transition commitments into investment momentum on the ground?

“In response, Minister Roban highlighted Bermuda’s robust regulatory regime, our IRP and support processes, and the growing momentum as Bermuda and the world focus on renewables and other environmental concerns.

“The second round table on Thursday, October 29, entitled Accelerated electrification in the island context, was moderated by Christina Becker-Birck, vice-president of the Cadmus group. Among the other panelists:

  • William Chernicoff, senior director of global research and innovation for the Toyota Mobility Foundation;
  • Devon Gardner, Program Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit for the CARICOM Secretariat; and
  • Dionne Nugent, director of business development for the Jamaica Public Service Company.

“This discussion was structured around the following four questions:

  • 1. How can the Caribbean accelerate the electrification of transport?
  • 2. How are global manufacturers supporting the decarbonisation of the transport sector in the region?
  • 3. What plans are underway in the islands to integrate electric vehicles?
  • 4. Can the Caribbean serve as a model for the rest of the world in the deployment of EVs?

“Minister Roban highlighted the progress made by his colleague, the Minister of Transport, the Hon. Lawrence Scott, JP, MP, with support from the Department of Energy, towards the electrification of the public bus fleet. He also spoke about Bermuda’s ultimate goal of replacing the entire government vehicle fleet with electric vehicles. [EV’s]. Minister Roban explained this by discussing the challenges of selecting the models that best suit Bermuda’s needs, given our road limitations and the possible legislative changes needed to encourage the wider adoption of electric vehicles.

Minister Roban commented on the event, saying: “This was a great opportunity to represent Bermuda at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum. Events of this nature are of vital importance to Bermuda and all of the Small Island States. We must continue to have an open dialogue and encourage the integration of renewable energy technologies, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and our impact on the environment. “

“Climate change and the resilience of small island nations are among the most critical issues we face. All Caribbean leaders must continue to put this at the forefront of all discussions. “

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