USAID Clean En­ergy Pro­gram, CHTA signs agree­ment to bol­ster en­ergy ef­fi­ciency

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAM -

THE UNITED States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID) Caribbean Clean En­ergy Pro­gram (CARCEP) last Friday signed a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with the Caribbean Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (CHTA) in a land­mark move to bol­ster en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in the Caribbean’s ho­tel sec­tor, the largest elec­tric­ity con­sumer sec­tor in the re­gion.

The agree­ment, which was signed dur­ing the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony of the Caribbean Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ex­change Fo­rum in Puerto Rico, de­fines the joint ac­tions to be taken to ef­fec­tively ad­dress the sec­tor’s needs, pri­mar­ily in the ar­eas of en­ergy pol­icy re­form, research and ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment.

This ini­tia­tive is largely di­rected at ben­e­fi­ciary coun­tries un­der USAID CARCEP’s man­date – An­tigua and Bar­buda, Bar­ba­dos, Do­minica, Gre­nada, Ja­maica, St Kitts and Ne­vis, St Lu­cia and St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines. Ho­tel own­ers in these na­tions will be equipped with ac­cess to tech­ni­cal tools, train­ing and other re­sources to help them un­der­stand and adopt en­ergy ef­fi­ciency best prac­tices to re­duce their en­ergy con­sump­tion.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and CEO of CHTA Frank Comito pledged, through the sign­ing of this agree­ment, to work closely with USAID CARCEP to ad­vance the work done un­der the Caribbean Ho­tel En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Re­new­able En­ergy Ac­tion (CHENACT) Pro­gram, funded by the In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank and con­ducted through CHTA and its re­gional pub­lic-sec­tor coun­ter­part or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Caribbean Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion. The agree­ment un­der­scores CHTA’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing pro­gramme-spe­cific sup­port to USAID CARCEP re­gion­ally and with des­ig­nated coun­tries, ho­tels, ho­tel as­so­ci­a­tions and pub­lic-sec­tor tourism stake­hold­ers.

“CHTA wel­comes the sup­port by the United States gov­ern­ment through its clean-en­ergy pro­gramme, to as­sist Caribbean ho­tels and coun­tries in be­com­ing more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. The pro­gramme brings to the ta­ble new tools, re­sources and train­ing, build­ing upon the foun­da­tional work un­der­taken with ho­tels through the CHENACT pro­gramme,” said Comito.

This agree­ment sym­bol­ises the start of what will be­come a wider cat­alytic ben­e­fit for sus­tain­able growth in the re­gion, as re­duc­tions in en­ergy con­sump­tion will de­liver en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits as well as im­prove re­gional eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness. There are ap­prox­i­mately 2,500 ho­tels that can profit from this ini­tia­tive. “CHENACT touched more than 150 ho­tels in the re­gion. Through USAID CARCEP, we will be able to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand the num­ber of ho­tels and coun­tries which can ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme’s re­sources.”


Al­ready, the part­ner­ship has re­sulted in the launch of an en­ergy bench­mark­ing tool that fol­lowed the agree­ment sign­ing at the fo­rum. The tool, which was de­vel­oped by USAID CARCEP, will al­low ho­tel op­er­a­tors to an­a­lyse their elec­tric­ity, fos­sil fuel and wa­ter us­age; com­pare the en­ergy and wa­ter in­ten­sity with sim­i­lar ho­tels in their area; and learn about en­ergy and wa­ter ef­fi­ciency strate­gies they can em­ploy to re­duce ho­tel op­er­at­ing costs.

“The de­ploy­ment of this tool in the ho­tel in­dus­try, the big­gest eco­nomic driver in the re­gion, and the fol­low-on ac­tiv­i­ties de­vel­op­ing knowl­edge and aware­ness of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency will be a game changer. En­ergy con­sump­tion in the re­gion is as much as three times higher per US$1 of GDP gen­er­ated than other re­gions of the world, putting this re­gion at a real com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage. Both for cli­matic and eco­nomic rea­sons, it is im­per­a­tive that we re­duce fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion and turn those sav­ings into jobs and in­dus­try for the re­gion that will drive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and fu­ture growth,” af­firmed USAID CARCEP’s en­ergy ef­fi­ciency pro­mo­tion spe­cial­ist, John Mar­coc­chio.

To sup­port ease of ac­cess, the tool will be housed on CHTA’s web­site, a strate­gic de­ci­sion to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity af­ter USAID CARCEP’s im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod ends in 2020. Ho­tel own­ers who are mem­bers of CHTA, in­clud­ing those lo­cated in non-ben­e­fi­ciary USAID CARCEP na­tions, will be able to ac­cess this tool at no cost. The tool can high­light ab­nor­mal en­ergy and wa­ter de­mands and un­earth op­por­tu­ni­ties for sav­ings and in­vest­ments.

The next step is the roll-out of USAID CARCEP’s train­ing pro­gramme sched­uled to take place in Ja­maica in Novem­ber 2016.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and CEO of CHTA Frank Comito (seated at right) and USAID CARCEP’s En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency pro­mo­tion spe­cial­ist, John Mar­coc­chio, at the sign­ing in Puerto Rico. Stand­ing (from left) are Jonathan Schwartz of Deloitte Con­sult­ing; Hugh Cresser, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency spe­cial­ist; De­naye Hinds of OBM In­ter­na­tional; Loreto Duffy-May­ers of the Caribbean Ho­tel En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Re­new­able En­ergy Ac­tion - Ad­vanced Pro­gramme, and Stu­art Bowe, CHTA’s first vice-pres­i­dent and se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of At­lantis, Par­adise Is­land, Ba­hamas.

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