“Ten Island Challenge” helps Belize promote renewable energy

Monday, July 13th, 2015. BMG: Belize is among the world’s most beautiful Caribbean countries with the most beautiful islands but like many other nations in our region, Belize’s development is CWR storyhampered by the fact that it is among the highest paying countries for electricity in the world.

Realizing the potential of these Caribbean islands and the danger they face from climate change, Sir Richard Branson’s climate group, Carbon War Room (CWR) has teamed up with Amory Lovin’s Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to rectify the problem by creating the “Ten Island Challenge”.

That challenge began last year by getting commitments from the islands, encouraging the nations to make maximum use of their sun and wind resources and setting ambitious renewable energy goals as well as making plans to achieve those goals and building the infrastructure to execute them.

Aruba was first to commit to the challenge and begin working towards transitioning from fossil fuels by the year 2020, followed by 8 more nations including Belize.

cwr story 1Our government signed a memorandum of understanding to also transition away from fossil fueled energy and committed to using almost 90 percent renewable energy by the year 2033.

Approximately 60 percent of Belize’s electricity is generated from hydro or biomass, meaning that we are more than halfway to achieving that goal with almost 18 years to spare.

Jose Maria Figueres, chairman of the board of the CWR and RMI said that they are thrilled to have Belize join the challenge as our country is a real leader in the region.

Belize will undertake such projects as developing our wind energy potential, making more popular the use of electric vehicles and improving energy efficiency in hospitals.

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