By BBN Staff: Belize has received commitment from the World Bank to fund the Energy Resilience and Climate Adaptation Project (ERCAP).
GOB, under the Ministry of Energy, began these discussions with the World Bank in 2014. Around the same time, it also began collaboration with the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and the National Meteorological Service in the planning and preparation of the ERCAP. The work however began even before, in 2012, when “the Energy Unit of the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities began working towards integrating energy in national development planning and decision making to catalyze sustainable development in Belize,” said a government release.
Belize is the leading country in building Energy Resilience for Climate Adaptation in Central America and the Caribbean and an essential component of the country’s national development agenda is to create strong sustainable energy policies and programs that underpin the national economy, the release adds.
The pillars of the program are Energy Efficiency – mainstreaming rational energy to end-use, Renewable Energy – diversifying electricity and heat, Clean Production – industrialization of the agro forestry cluster, Governance – strengthening national capacity for sustainable energy, and Governance – strengthening national capacity for sustainable energy.
The negations with the World Bank have only recently been completed under the leadership of Minister of State in the Ministry of the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Frank Mena and CEO in the Ministry Dr. Peter Allen; along with the Energy Director, Ambrose Tillett.