Dominica committed to increasing renewable energy generationListen /
The Commonwealth of Dominica maintains that sustainable energy is the foundation for long-term socio-economic development.
That's what Dominica's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Vince Henderson told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. He said for this reason, Dominica is pleased to have joined the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SEF4ALL) partnership launched in 2011.
” My Government with assistance from its development partners is committed to increasing renewable energy generation from the current 30 percent from hydro, to 100 percent by adding geothermal energy to the mix. Our goal is not only to become carbon neutral but carbon negative by 2020. This ambition will be achieved by exporting renewable energy to out” neighbours, Guadeloupe and Martinique via submarine cables. We thank all our partners and especially the Clinton Climate Initiative for their support in this endeavour. This transformation to a sustainable energy sector will deliver significant and multiple benefits for Dominica, including increased employment from new energy service companies, minimizing foreign exchange transfers for petroleum imports, the reduction in the cost of energy and minimizing the volatility and unpredictability of energy prices. “
Ambassador Henderson noted that ocean thermal energy is a resource common to all small island developing states, and represents a vast sustainable energy resource which, once developed, could also address a number of climate change adaptation challenges for islands, specifically in the area of freshwater and improved food security.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.