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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Environment, Devon Rowe, has called for greater investment in the exploration of renewable energy options for developing countries.
Mr. Rowe, who was addressing the 14th session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), at the UN headquarters in New York City on Friday (May 12), noted that such a move, “would serve to advance and accelerate the transfer of appropriate renewable energy technologies to developing countries, through the most cost effective method and to stimulate the competitiveness of renewable energy supplies in the marketplace”.
He noted, however, that “the large-scale expansion of renewable energy initiatives, at a scale sufficient to meet the needs of developing countries, is crucial but cannot be achieved without the positive support of the international community, including the United Nations and the international financial institutions”.
According to Mr. Rowe, one sure mechanism on which to move forward was through greater South-South co-operation with the active involvement of the private sector. “South-South co-operation, while not a substitute for North-South co-operation, can assist in the successful commercialization and advancement of appropriate technologies and further development of local renewable energy markets,” he said.
Pointing the way forward, Mr. Rowe challenged the world body to implement encouraging incentives for the use of renewable energy sources for local energy supply and consumption; strengthening of the national and collective capacities of countries to develop policy strategies regarding the international regime on energy, climate change and atmospheric pollution; and the development of comprehensive private and public sector education and awareness strategies, underscoring the fact that behaviour adjustments should not be influenced only by the price of oil.
Mr. Rowe said that Jamaica would continue to provide and expand access to equitable energy services in support of economic growth and poverty eradication, without jeopardizing its long-term prosperity and environmental sustainability.
He urged the group to move forward rapidly, so that effective and appropriate policy measures could be adopted by next year’s meeting of the CSD.
Some 1,400 civil society representatives, the largest in CSD history, attended the meeting held from May 1 to 12, aimed at finding lasting and sustainable solutions to the critical global issues of energy demand and access and climate change, as well as establishing an International Sustainable Energy Agency (ISEA), to promote and implement the transition to a safe, clean, sustainable future.
Jamaica’s delegation to the session comprised newly appointed Ambassador to the UN, Raymond Wolfe; Director of Environmental Management Division, Ministry of Local Government and Environment, Rohan Richards; General Manager of Wigton Windfarm, Wesley McLeod; and Counsellor, Jamaica’s Permanent Mission to the UN/NY, Diedre Mills.