Renewable Energy Caribbean would like to share a major report on bioenergy conducted a few years ago. The report came out of the UNDP project, “Bioenergy in the Caribbean: Supporting Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Services for Small Island Developing States through South-South Cooperation” funded by the United Nations Foundation. The project was designed to assist Caribbean SIDS identify avenues and practices to help improve their energy security and access to sustainable energy services. Specific objectives focused on enhancing knowledge management for the renewable energy sector, identifying capacity needs and subsequently addressing these needs, and intra-regional dialogue and sharing toward a sustainable energy path.
The report assesses of potential for bioenergy in the Caribbean, including bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas and solid fuels. Lessons learned are further provided. The impact assessment was conducted across nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to study how energy projects have improved overall energy security and sustainability through reduced dependence on fossil fuel imports and increasing use of indigenous renewable energy. The report also identifies remaining gaps and barriers in the bioenergy industry, and offered recommendations for a way forward. The report includes national focus group consultations hosted in five islands to ascertain the state and needs of their energy sectors, including Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis.