Caribbean aims to be world’s first ‘climate smart’ zone

Richard Branson and Usain Bolt were part of the launch of the Caribbean ClimateSmart Accelerator yesterday

Theresa May pledges £140m to tackle climate change

The UK is to provide £140 million of new funding to help the world’s poorest communities address the effects of climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement comes as as she attends the One Planet Summit in Paris today with other international leaders. The funding is expected to help two million more poor people cope […]

Hurricane Irma: Solar lamps among aid supplies sent from UK

The UK has sent around 5,000 solar lanterns to those affected by Hurricane Irma. Last Friday, more than 20 tonnes of UK aid supplies, including solar lanterns were loaded at the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Disaster Response Centre at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire. Hurricane Irma has left thousands of people homeless in the Caribbean and […]

Latin America and Caribbean could be zero carbon by 2050

Latin America and the Caribbean could go zero carbon by 2050 with ambitious and targeted policies. That’s according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme – DTU Partnership (UNEP-DTU) which stated although those regions account for only 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the region is at the forefront of global efforts to […]

US to boost solar power in Jamaica

The US is suporting a 20MW Jamaican solar farm. The government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and energy investment firm WRB Enterprises are providing a $47 million (£30m) loan. It supports Jamaica’s aim to increase generation of secure, renewable energy as it currently produces\ more than 90% of its electricity from imported oil. It is […]

Germany invests €100m in Central America’s energy

Germany is to invest €100 million (£72m) in geothermal energy projects in Central America. The €233 million (£167m) programme called ‘Central American Integration System’ (SICA) is a collaboration between Germany, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Caribbean. The nations are also working towards improving the electricity networks and constructing biogas plants. Last week, Germany provided €6 million […]

$50m energy efficiency fund for Latin America

Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean looking to invest in renewable and energy efficiency projects can apply for loans, thanks to a $50 million (£32.8m) fund. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) provided the cash for the Energy Efficiency Finance Facility, which supports firms with small-scale loans for projects that will cut energy costs and […]

Latin America and Caribbean solar markets to ‘explode’

Demand for solar energy across Latin America and the Caribbean is set to “explode” in the next few years. Analysts at NPD Solarbuzz have predicted solar demand to increase through 2017, with an annual growth rate of 45%. The report by the market research group claims Mexico, Chile and Brazil are emerging as market leaders […]

UK gives £1bn aid to third world climate change fund

A string of third world projects tackling climate change in places like Africa and the Caribbean are set to receive £1billion from the UK government, DECC announced today. The funding is part of £1.5billion aid pledged by the UK at the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009 to help third world countries fight global warming. At […]

Caribbean wind farm opens

The first phase of what is to be the Caribbean’s largest wind farm has finished, according to major investor VICINI. The first 14 windmills of the Los Cocos wind farm (pictured) account for roughly 3% of the Dominican Republic’s power capacity, providing electricity for 90,000 families. Rafael Velez, VICINI’s Energy and Industry Fund manager said: […]