The First Caribbean Waste-to-Energy (W2E) Technology Expo and Conference is launched as part of the CARICOM Energy Week 2015 (CEW 2015). CEW 2015 will be observed across the Community from 8-14 November 2015 under the Theme “EmPOWERING our Sustainable Development”. The CEW seeks to increase knowledge and awareness around critical energy issues among diverse segments of the Community and is a partnership among the CARICOM Secretariat, Member States, regional institutions and development partners within the Community.

The Expo and Conference has a primary focus of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in developing a waste-to-energy (WTE) industry, and this is driven by the dominant and wide range of WTE projects within the Caribbean, ranging right across the region, from dairies to breweries and sewage treatment facilities. For private sector companies who are direct purchasers of electricity or users of process heat, successful implementation will improve competiveness and profitability of the enterprise. The workshop is intended to increase capacity building for public-private partnerships to build, operate and maintain WTE facilities and to demonstrate the viability of technologies at the local level. Discussions will also focus on the regional policy framework and technical criteria that apply to facilities proposing to recover energy from waste.

The secondary focus on waste heat reflects the vast unrecognized potential of thermal energy from industry and power generation facilities and the increasing need for reliable potable water. Caribbean countries are with increasing frequency being affected by changing rainfall regimes and water limitation are more frequent. The use of waste heat from power plants represent a major source of energy for purification of contaminated groundwater or desalination of sea water. Coupled with technologies such as spray flash evaporation, many islands could develop a new reliable source of potable water under all weather conditions.

Negative impact of unsustainable waste management systems

Poor waste management negatively impacts on critical ecosystems services – clean water supply, food availability and security, tourism product quality as well as public health, adversely affecting the socio-economic conditions of the population. Waste, by virtue of its continuous generation by an increasing population, represents a resource that is vastly underutilized across the region, manifested by its lack of management.

The Caribbean, as a result of increasing difficulties with freshwater availability resulting from under-investment in certain areas and greater variations in rainfall regime, is realizing that water is becoming a major future challenge to sustainable development and that the future cost of water will be greater than the present. This situation is not unique. According to the United Nations (UN) World Water Assessment Programme[1], the world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years, unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world’s population grows to an expected nine (9) billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption. The report predicts global water demand will increase 55 percent by 2050, while reserves dwindle. If current usage trends don’t change, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs in 2030.

It is therefore critical that Caribbean island states, particularly those that are already water-stressed, take action so existing freshwater sources can be protected and where possible enhanced. The quality of ground water – the major source of freshwater – is threatened by contamination from waste. Across the region, effluent waste from agro-industries, sewage facilities, breweries, abattoirs, distilleries, along with soakaway systems, represents the major threat to ground and surface water resources.

[1] WWAP (United Nations World Water Assessment Programme). 2015. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015: Water for a Sustainable World. Paris, UNESCO. Available at:

No. Country GDP 2013 (USD Billion) Population 2013
1 Antigua & Barbuda 1.20 89,990
2 Bahamas (Commonwealth of The) 8.42 377,400
3 Barbados 4.22 284,600
4 Belize 1.62 331,900
5 Cuba 68.23 11,270,000
6 Dominica (Commonwealth of) 0.5537 72,000
7 Dominican Republic 61.16 10,400,000
8 Grenada 0.8365 105,900
9 Guyana 2.99 799,600
10 Jamaica 14.36 2,715,000
11 Saint Kitts & Nevis 0.7659 54,190
12 Saint Lucia 1.34 182,300
13 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.7094 109,400
14 Suriname (Republic of) 5.29 539,300
15 Trinidad & Tobago (Republic of) 24.64 1,341,000
Expo Booths

Cost of booth: No charge for booth. Charges may be incurred if you need to hire any particular equipment e.g. audiovisual display screens etc. Size of booths: Flexible. The room in question has capacity for 15 information booths and we are hoping to have between 8 to 10 exhibitors. Confirmation date: All expressions of interest by Friday 27 November 2015, with confirmation of participation by 1 December 2016.

In addition, to the information booth, Exhibitors have the opportunity to speak from the podium and present their technology on Tuesday afternoon between 15.30 to 16.30.

Registration Information

For registration information contact, Dr. Al Binger, 5Cs Energy Advisor

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All are welcome to attend this important and groundbreaking event. If you wish to attend the conference as a participant or presenter please select the CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & EXPO INFORMATION tab to your left and send you r information to the Conference Coordinator.

Invitations have been extended for up to two persons per CARICOM country. Country representatives will be identified based on consultations between the GEF Operational Focal Points, SIDS DOCK National Coordinators, UNIDO, CCREEE and the CCCCC. The aim is to have two high-level technical government officials from the Energy Sector and the Environment/Waste Management Sector.

Invitations have been extended to consultants and special invited guests, e.g., the University of the West Indies (UWI); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); ENPROCON, Environmental Project Consulting GmbH, Vienna; Austrian Energy Agency; and GEC Ltd., Japan.

UNIDO will facilitate knowledge transfer from other SIDS in the Pacific, Africa and Indian Ocean. WTE experiences from islands in the European Union will be presented.

The CARICOM Secretariat Energy Unit has issued a Savingram to invite the coutry represetnatives. The CCCCC/SIDS DOCK Secretariat is responsible for meeting logistics.

Date: Winter 2016
Location & Venue: Grenadian by Rex Resorts, St. George’s, Grenada
Meeting Purpose: The overall goal of the meeting is to get consensus on the establishment of a regional revolving financing facility to support the preparation of studies and business plans, and co-financing to implement sustainable energy and climate resilience-building projects
Meeting Chair: H.E. Mr. Vince Henderson, Ambassador Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations, and Chair, SIDS DOCK Steering Committee
Co-organizers: CARICOM Energy Unit, SIDS DOCK (CCCCC), CCREEE
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Meals: Lunch as well as coffee breaks will be provided – participants will be responsible for dinner and will receive an appropriate per diem.
Ground Transportation: Transportation is being provided for designated delegates to Place of Stay upon arrival in GRENADA, and for departure to their respective destinations. A representative of the SIDS DOCK Secretariat, CCCCC, and the Grenada Government will be on-hand at the airport to assist delegates upon arrival
Air Transportation: Provided by CCCCC, Belmopan, Belize

Technology Expo

EXPO Program Activities

8.00 am – 9.00 am Registration
9.00 am – 10.30 am Opening of the Conference and keynote speech by the Prime Minister of Grenada, Representatives of CARICOM, UNIDO and GIZ
10.30 am – 11.00 am Coffee Break
11.00 am – 12:00 pm Ministerial Roundtable: Scaling up Technology for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean: Converting Waste to Energy
Moderator TBD

Ministerial Keynote 1

Ministerial Keynote 2

Ministerial Keynote 3

Interactive Discussion

12.45 pm – 2.30 pm Official Luncheon Hosted by GIZ
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm An overview of Regional Needs by Manuel Fuentes

Presentation of selected projects:

Grenada – Mr. John Auguste, Ministry of Finance and Energy

Saint Lucia – Minister Fletcher

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines – Mr. Ellsworth Dacon, Ministry of Works

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Technology Solutions and Case Studies: Presentations by technology providers
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm WIPO GREEN: The Marketplace for Sustainable Technologies: What are the key elements in the successful development, transfer and diffusion of technologies

Presented by Anatole Krattiger, Director, Global Challenges Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

5.30 pm – 6.00 pm Day 1: Wrap-up Session: Anatole Krattiger, Joe Bradley, Al Watkins
6.30 pm – 11.00 pm Official Reception followed by Dinner. Hosted by CARICOM

Featured Presentations

Grenada: Energy saving contracting as an implementation model for biogas projects at distilleries? The Case of Clarke’s Court Distillery in Grenada.


HoMethane – from farming to energy production. Technical and financial implementation concept for small-scale biogas systems in Grenada.


Regional Waste-to-Energy Collaborative, Martinique
Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables, June 23, 2015, Download W2E Presentation
 CaribShare Biogas_Rose Hall_Pilot Project Details Pilot Project – Rose Hall Developments Limited


Simpson Environmental Corporation
ElectraTherm, Inc
 General Electric’s Distributed Power

Conference Agenda & Program of Activities

Challenges and Opportunities

Sub‑theme: Challenges and Opportunities
8.00 am – 9.00 am Registration
9.00 am – 9.30 am Opening
9.30 am – 10.30 am PLENARY SESSION 1
Regional W2E Scoping Exercise
10.30 am – 10.45 am Break
10.45 am – 11.45 am SHORT‑PRESENTATIONS
Experiences with Utility Scale W2E Contracting:
– The Bahamas
– Barbados
– Belize
– Jamaica
11.45 am – 1.00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION 1
  A number of Caribbean countries have sought actively to develop W2E projects: Why have none of the countries been unable to “close” the project development cycle?
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm WORKING SESSION 1
Identifying the Barriers and Potential Areas of Focus:
– Working Group Discussions
– Presentations from the Working Groups
5.00 PM – 5.30 pm SUMMARY & CLOSE

Approaches and Strategy

Sub‑theme: Approaches and Strategy
9.00 am – 9.30 am Overview of the First Day
9.30 am – 10.30 am PLENARY SESSION 2
The W2E applications most suitable to developing countries: An examination of the conditions for success
10.30 am – 10.45 am Break
10.45 am – 11.45 am SHORT‑PRESENTATIONS
Successful W2E Approaches and Practices:
– Europe: Austria & Sweden
– North America & Caribbean: Hawaii & Guadeloupe
– Asia: Malaysia & South Korea
11.45 am – 1.00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION 2
  A formula for success: If there is a checklist for achieving a successful W2E programme in Caribbean countries, what would this look like?
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm WORKING SESSION 2
Identifying the Barriers and Potential Areas of Focus:
– Working Group Discussions
– Presentations from the Working Groups
5.00 PM – 5.30 pm SUMMARY & CLOSE

Proving the Concepts

Sub‑theme: Proving the Concepts
9.00 am – 9.30 am Overview of the Second Day
The Project Development Cycle:
– Liquid Effluents: Sewerage, Breweries & Distilleries
– Solid Waste: Municipal & Non Municipal
– Organic Residues: Commercial Farms & Food Processors
– Organic Residues: Small Scale Operators
10.30 am – 10.45 am Break
10.45 am – 1.00 pm WORKING SESSION 3
Identifying a pipeline of W2E projects:
– Working Group Discussions
– Presentations from the Working Groups
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm WAY FORWARD
The Integrated Regional W2E Project Pipeline
3.00 PM – 3.30 pm SUMMARY & CLOSE

Jointly Organized By

Government of Grenada

Supporting Partners

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Austrian Development Agency
Swedish Energy Agency