Barbados, Sweden discuss renewable energy

The content originally appeared on: Caribbean News Service
Minister of Energy and Business, Senator Lisa Cummins, in discussion with Sweden’s Ambassador to the Caribbean, Anders Bengtcén, during their recent courtesy call. (C. Pitt/BGIS)

The renewable energy sector and opportunities for collaboration were discussed when Sweden’s Ambassador to the Caribbean, Anders Bengtcén, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Energy and Business, Senator Lisa Cummins.

During the recent meeting, at the Ministry of Energy and Business, Country Road, St. Michael, Senator Cummins said there was a “huge opportunity” for Barbados to collaborate with battery storage companies in Sweden. She also stressed the importance of regulatory capacity building for this island, saying this was critical.

The Minister indicated that there would be an opportunity for greater partnership in areas such as research, innovation, and development.

“Right now, we are importing 100 per cent of our product and 100 per cent of the high-end skills that we need. We want to look at the opportunities for research, development, and innovation, and to do some of them here in Barbados, in collaboration with a much larger, more established partner,” she said.

Senator Cummins noted that transportation was the largest sector which consumed fossil fuels. She pointed out that electric buses had been procured under the Smart Energy Fund, and that private sector transport operators also wanted to make the transition.

The Ministry will also be working on these matters in collaboration with the EU Delegation.

Ambassador Bengtcén said Sweden’s objective is to be net-zero by 2045. He stated that the country had reduced its fossil fuels by 30 per cent since the 1990s, and receives its electricity from hydro, wind, and nuclear. He noted that electric vehicles were a popular choice in Sweden.

Those attending the courtesy call included Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Business, Kevin Hunte, and acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, Natalie Cox.

Donate At Caribbean News Service, we do not charge for our content and we want to keep it that way. We are seeking support from individuals and organisations so we can continue our work & develop CNS further.