Antigua and Barbuda currently generates nearly all of its electricity from imported fossil fuels, resulting in high costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The government has determined to address these challenges by implementing various energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, which it has outlined in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). To build capacity for realisation of these commitments, Antigua and Barbuda requested assistance with developing a workforce strategy to mobilize local labour to implement NDC-related projects.
“The timing of the support worked well because it was focused on consultations around the INDC targets, which happened as Antigua and Barbuda was preparing to ratify the Paris Agreement, so the momentum of the in-country consultations contributed to the overall engagement in the climate change process”, says Ms. Diann Black-Layne, CTCN National Designated Entity of Antigua and Barbuda, Ambassador of Climate Change Chief Environment Office.
The analysis of renewable energy priority technologies helps the country to develop its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas intensity (CO2 emissions per unit GDP), and become less prone to electricity black-outs. On the renewable energy front, Antigua and Barbuda will be able to bring about critical amendments to its existing knowledge and expertise and thus overcome key barriers hampering renewable energy deployment. By utilizing the workforce strategy, Antigua and Barbuda will be able to create clean energy jobs, provide necessary education in line with accredited standards, and develop a workforce that can support implementation and achievement of the NDC energy targets.