Friday, June 26, 2015. BMG: The Government of Belize has joined forces with the Carbon War Room to participate in its “Ten Island Challenge”.
The “Ten Island Challenge” seeks to help islands build renewable energy infrastructure and use less oil and gas in their economies. The Carbon War Room will invite various renewable technology and resource companies to find solutions that best meet the needs of the islands, in order to provide affordable and realistic choices for implementation. They will also invite prospective investors to invest in renewable energy funds in different countries.
In Belize, the focus is on installing wind turbines and foregoing oil and gas transportation on the Cayes, and replacing those with electric vehicles. The Carbon War Room’s partnership with Belize will also help to identify other renewable energy opportunities. Ideas for energy efficient retrofits for hospitals are also being considered.
Minister of Energy, Science & Technology, and Public Utilities, Joy Grant, shared that the participation of Belize in the Ten Week Challenge is a significant step forward in realizing its energy production target for 2033.
At present, 40% of Belize’s energy resources are imported, while 60% is from local hydro and biomass resources. By 2033, it is the minister’s hope that 89% of the country’s resources be from local renewable energy sources.
The Challenge has also been adopted by seven other Caribbean nations, including The Bahamas, St. Lucia and Grenada.