Prime Minister of Barbados and Chairman of Caribbean Community Mia Mottley appealed to the governments of oil-rich Guyana and Suriname not to let their aspirations of building economic resilience cause them to neglect green energy commitments.
“There is a future for energy in the region, and that energy is both the hydrocarbon industry and the renewable energy industry.”— Prime Minister of Barbados and Chairman of Caricom Mia Mottley
Speaking at Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Energy Conference at the Port of Spain Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mottley said the Caribbean needs to have an important discussion on how traditional hydrocarbon-based companies will play a role in combatting the climate crisis.
“There is a future for energy in the region, and that energy is both the hydrocarbon industry and the renewable energy industry,” she argued.
The CARICOM chairman reminded the gathering that, at the Conference of Heads of Government in Port of Spain in 2018, representatives signed a declaration to include regional private sector stakeholders and labour unions in conversations surrounding energy.
“One of the four areas identified for immediate involvement of our private sector, which has now established the Private Sector Association, and will be sitting at the table formally for the first time (at this month’s Inter-sessional Heads of Government Conference),” the Barbados prime minister said.
Both Suriname and Guyana have discovered oil wells offshore and have signed agreements with international oil production companies to drill and sell the crude.