The Government of Montserrat will be hosting the official launch of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) this week. This is the third year for CEM and the first time it will be kicked from Montserrat.
The Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour will host the launch on Wednesday, November 1 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The Opening Ceremony followed by a panel discussion will provide an opportunity to bring students, civil society, private sector and energy professionals together with Senior Government officials and policy-makers to promote dialogue on the current energy landscape within the CARICOM Region and to explore ways in which to support sustainable energy development in Montserrat. The launch culminates in the evening, with a high energy event on the grounds of the Montserrat Cultural Centre, from 7:30pm – 11:00 pm.
The formal opening ceremony which will be livestreamed on the CARICOM Energy Facebook page and Renewable Energy In Montserrat Facebook Page beginning at 9:00am. Opening Remarks will be made by a number of persons including Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo, the DFID Resident Representative, with other opening remarks from visiting speaker from the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). Paul Lewis, the minister responsible for energy, will then officially launch Energy Month. Youth Speakers at the event will be Mr. Ashneil Jeffers and Ms Keyola Greene.
The opening will comprise of a panel discussion, drawn from Montserrat’s Energy Policy and ongoing energy efficiency initiatives. Topics for discussion at the panel discussion will include: Electric Mobility Vehicle, Solar Energy & Geothermal Energy.
CEM is a collaborative initiative to address key energy issues and promoting cooperation based on the needs and common interests within the Community. It is a celebration of the significant strides that have been made within the Region in its transition to a sustainable energy pathway towards achieving long-term behavioural changes.
Several regional activities have been planned for the month including: An Artist competition for youths, a regional Energy Kilo Walk, a Youth Essay Competition, an Energy Personality award and an award that will recognize the contributions made by an individual to the sustainable energy development of the Region.