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Global Sustainable 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.

GSEII countries



    St. Lucia

    St. Kitts and Nevis


General GSEII documents


Climate Institute
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036 USA 
Phone: +(202) 547-0104 
Fax: +(202) 547-0111 
International Network for Sustainable Energy
Gl. Kirkevej 56 
DK-8530 Hjortshøj, Denmark
Phone: 45 86227000
Fax:45 86227096
Counterpart International
1200 18th St., NW Suite 1100 
Washington, D.C. 20036 USA 
Phone: +(202) 296-9676
Fax: +(202) 296-9679
Organization of American States
Department of Sustainable Development
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Washington, DC 20006
Phone: +(202) 458-6261/3745
Fax: +(202) 458-3560
Energy and Security Group
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Energy and Cleaner Production Branch
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
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Fax: +43 1 26026 6855


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