US to provide assistance to Caribbean

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 1, CMC – The United States will  continue to provide full; support to the Caribbean countries as they seek to become energy independent, the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, Maura Barry, has said.
She told an energy-efficiency training workshop for members of the hotel sector in Montego Bay, St. James, that support will also be given to efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gases as well as other energy-efficient initiatives.
Barry said the USAID’s involvement in the promotion of clean energy in the Caribbean has been ongoing, but has been significantly ramped up since 2014 with special emphasis being placed on the tourism sector.
“When we launched the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative in 2014, our goal was to help Caribbean countries transition to energy independence and it’s through USAID’s Caribbean Clean Energy Programme that we support clean energy development in Jamaica and also in several Caribbean nations,” she told the workshop.
“We all know that the tourism sector is incredibly vital to Caribbean economies and that is why supporting the industry in adopting renewable energy and energy-efficiency matters is also so vitally important,” she added.
The workshop,  the first of its kind for hotel employees, focused on educating delegates on the value of conservation, while assisting them to implement energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programmes at their resorts.
Participants were also exposed to aspects of the USAID’s Caribbean Clean Energy Programme’s energy-efficiency benchmarking initiative which can assist them in identifying abnormal energy and water usage as well as unearthing opportunities for savings and investments.
The USAID said eight training workshops will be held across the Caribbean under the Caribbean Clean Energy Programme

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