Last week, the Turks and Caicos Islands signed an agreement of understanding to join several other islands in Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge.
Part of Operation Smart Island Economies, the Ten Island Challenge aims to help ten islands make a quicker transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy by boosting commercial investment in wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and waste-to-energy power.
Turks and Caicos are joining the likes of St Lucia, Aruba, and Necker Island in the Ten Island Challenge. Accelerating the progress of renewable energy adoption is predicted to have a positive effect on both the economy and the environment.
“Solving the energy challenge and the marine conservation challenge in the Caribbean go hand-in-hand,” explains Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin and the Carbon War Room.
With the help of the Carbon War Room, participating islands are expected to identify their specific renewable energy goals; build capacity for future project planning, design and implementation; and develop an environment that encourages project financing across the region.