Technical Assistance

Two Ad-hoc Working Groups, viz. the Geothermal Working Group, and the Electric Vehicle Working Group, were established to support growing interest and the need to prioritise the establishment of a regional technical support mechanism to provide assistance and expert input toward aspects of geothermal development and clean transport development, respectively. The Ad-hoc Working Groups are subsidiaries of the Thematic Working Group for Technical Assistance.

The Ad-Hoc Working Group on Geothermal Energy was an outcome from the CARICOM/OECS Geothermal Forum [May 2016, St. Kitts]. The primary objective of establishing the Group was to give countries a platform through which to share information, knowledge and experiences, through a sustainable series of open, transparent dialogues on geothermal development within their respective counterparts, as well as with institutions with geothermal and related expertize. A secondary objective was for countries, together with the respective partners and experts, to discuss and agree on collective approaches to geothermal development within the OECS sub-region of CARICOM. The First Meeting, held in October 2016, recommended the conduct of a rapid assessment as a necessary step toward determining the progress of Member States on their path towards geothermal development, as well as to identify gaps and areas that requires focus and attention. The Group is chaired by Saint Lucia.

Given the significant amount of fossil fuels utilized by the transport sector, sustainable energy use in transport, as mentioned elsewhere, was been flagged a priority initiative under the Policy and Regulations Working Group. Given the significant number of projects and actions on electric transport, in general, and electric vehicles, in particular, an Electric Vehicle Working Group was established to, inter alia, assess the experiences of the region in regard to electric vehicles, assess global experiences on electric vehicle and suitable identify for the Caribbean, and identify the techno-economical, socio-political and other considerations that are necessary for developing a regional approach to electric vehicle roll-out within CARICOM. The first meeting was convened in November 2017 and the Group has since, developed a Programme of Work, which includes the development of an EV Roadmap for CARICOM and supporting the CARICOM Secretariat in the hosting of an Electric Mobility Workshop [June 2018, Barbados]. The Group is chaired by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).