History of CCREEE
On 17th March 2014 the SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Austria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific in the creation of a network of regional sustainable energy promotion centres.
To determine the technical and institutional design of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) a consultative preparatory process was executed by SIDS DOCK and UNIDO in cooperation with the CARICOM Energy Unit and financial support of Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The process included broad stakeholder consultations, the development of a needs assessment and a project document on the first operational phase of the centre.
The needs assessment revealed that a significant number of Caribbean islands have made considerable progress in the creation of enabling national environments for the promotion of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE). However, in some of the areas the implementation of policy commitments is still in the initial stages and have not been transformed into real investments or created a vibrant market and industrial sector. There is the impression that the local private sector and industry in the Caribbean do not take advantage of the growing sustainable energy market and job opportunities.
There still exists a broad range of barriers which need to be addressed, in order to take full advantage of RE&EE potentials. The needs assessment revealed that the existing regional institutional support framework is not prepared to support CARICOM Member States effectively to reach the established RE&EE targets. The assessment identified major regional thematic opportunity gaps in the areas of capacity development, knowledge and data management, awareness raising as well as investment and business promotion in the sustainable energy sector. Based on the identified gaps the creation of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) was recommended.
The technical and institutional design of CCREEE was valideated during a regional workshop, organized by SIDS DOCK and UNIDO, from 21 to 22 July 2014 in Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica. Based on the recommendations of the validation workshop, the creation of CCREEE was considered during the Fifty-Fourth Special Meeting of the COTED (Energy), as well as the Fifty-Fifth Special Meeting of the COTED (Energy and Environment), held in Guyana from 2-5 February 2015.
The Thirty-Sixth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held at Bridgetown, Barbados, 2-4 July 2015, endorsed the establishment of CCREEE as the implementation hub for sustainable energy activities and projects within the region. The offer of the Government of Barbados to host the centre in Bridgtown was accepted. The decision was based on the results of a competetive selection process.
On 28 October 2015, the centre was officially inaugurated in during a high-level ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados. Under the SIDS DOCK framework, the centre will closely work with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) on common SIDS sustainable energy issues and solutions. The centres are part of a wider Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres which is created in cooperation with regional organizations and communities.
After receiving a sufficient number of ratifications, the legal agreement establishing the CCREEE went into force on 19 May 2018. Theagreement was opened for signature at the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grenada in July 2017. On 22 May 2018 the CCREEE Headquaters Agreement was signed between the Government of Barbados and CCREEE. With the effectiveness of both agreements the center received full legal personality in line with CARICOM laws and regulations.
Between 2016 and 2018, CCREEE was headed by the Interim Executive Director, Mr. Al Binger. As a result of a comptetive selection process, Mr. Gary Jackson was appointed as Executive Director in October 2018.