Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII)
While Small Island Developing States
(SIDS) produce only a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions,
many, because of their location barely above sea level, are among the
most vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as sea level rise
and extreme weather conditions. Compounding their climate change
challenge, small island nations struggle with expensive fossil fuel
imports and an inability to supply affordable electricity to the
community. However, these nations are especially suited to utilize
combinations of modern renewable energy technologies and energy
efficiency due to the availability of renewable energy resources and the
need for energy services for sustainable development.
The Global Sustainable Energy Islands
Initiative (GSEII), a consortium of international NGOs and multi-lateral
institutions, has been organized to support the interest of all small
island states and potential donors by bringing renewable energy and
energy efficiency projects, models, and concepts together in a
sustainable plan for small island nations. The GSEII seeks to showcase
national efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In the Caribbean region, recent efforts by the GSEII have
focused on the island nations of St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada, and Dominica.
Following a collaborative process with senior policy makers and a wide
range of energy stakeholders in St. Lucia, a National Sustainable Energy
Plan was adopted, establishing aggressive targets for renewables and
energy efficiency, and setting the stage for significant changes in the
energy sector. GSEII is currently working with St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and Grenada in
the development of similar Sustainable Energy Plans. Worthwhile
mentioning are the development and implementation of energy development
models for bio-energy development in St. Kitts and Nevis, energy
efficiency lighting on Dominica and Grenada, solar hot water heating and
other RE activities for the islands.
St. Kitts and Nevis
General GSEII documents