November 2015

The Imperative of Sustainable Development

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“Sustainable development is not an option but an imperative,” OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez reminded delegates at the opening of the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Sustainable Development, held October 19-20 in Tela, Honduras. “To be able to provide a better quality of life for the peoples of the hemisphere […]

Fueling Growth: Jamaica’s Energy Sector in Transition

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Jamaica is the largest island economy in the English-speaking Caribbean and the third-largest island in the region, with a geographical area of 11,000 square kilometers and a population of 2.83 million people. In 2013, its gross national income was US$15.44 billion, approximately $5,450 per capita. The country has been heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels […]

“Window of Opportunity” in the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Long dependent on imported crude oil, the Caribbean island states now have a “window of opportunity” to strengthen their energy security and deploy clean energy projects across the region, according to Ambassador Doctor Neil Parsan, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organization of American States (OAS). He was speaking at a recent ministerial […]

ECPA Project Update: Energy Efficiency Initiative

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Buildings are energy guzzlers: In the United States, they account for 38 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and 73 percent of electricity consumption, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. An ECPA project being implemented in three cities in the hemisphere aims to find effective ways to reduce energy use in municipal buildings. The […]