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5Cs Daily Tip: Glass Recycling




When you break glass in your Caribbean home, what do you do with it? If you throw it in the trash where does it go? Find out if your island or country has a recycling program for glass.

Recycling one ton of glass saves:

  • 42 kWh of energy
  • 0.12 barrels (5 gallons) of oil
  • 714,286 Btu's of energy
  • 2 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 7.5 pounds of air pollutants from being released

Glass Recycling Tips

  • Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
  • Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process.
  • Avoid breaking the glass and mixing broken colours together as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Cardboard Recycling



Recycling one ton of cardboard saves:

  • 390 kWh of energy
  • 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil
  • 6.6 million Btu's of energy

Cardboard Recycling Tips

  • Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials.
  • Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space.
  • Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste. Cardboard can get wet and still be recycled, but is more difficult to carry due to the added weight of the water.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Solar



Reduce your carbon footprint by employing solar energy. You can add value to your home and reduce your electricity usage by installing solar panels.

Some CARICOM countries offers solar incentives: read more.

What incentive are there for solar usage in your country?


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5Cs Daily Tips: Turn it Off


More than 40 percent of electricity use in office buildings is attributed to artificial lighting. Turn off the lights when leaving any room, switch off power strips and unplug electrical devices when not in use.

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Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought – UN report


2 June 2016 – Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said in a new report.

With irrigation use becoming more widespread in the Caribbean, countries’ fresh-water supplies will become increasingly important. Photo: FAO With irrigation use becoming more widespread in the Caribbean, countries’ fresh-water supplies will become increasingly important. Photo: FAO

The report, Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean, found that the Caribbean region faces significant challenges in terms of drought, FAO said.

“Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries, so this is a key issue for Caribbean food security,” said Deep Ford, FAO Regional Coordinator in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean region already experiences drought-like events every year, with low water availability often…

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Bioenergy Course


According to Belize’s policy targets, the country intends to increase its share of renewable energy. Bioenergy, especially Biogas, is not being utilized on industrial levels. To help achieve this goal and build capacity in this sector, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in cooperation with GIZ REETA is offering a free of charge BIOENERGY Course at its training Centre in the country’s capital, Belmopan.

Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to plan, prepare and conduct Bioenergy training seminars and implement bioenergy projects to high standards and will receive a certificate. These seminars provide an excellent opportunity for professional development in the renewable energy field, while also ensuring the sustainable use of the knowledge.

The course at the Centre will be held for 15 persons, so early application is vital for participation. To apply directly for the sessions contact Henrik Personn at (501-822-1104) or via


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CCCCC awarded the Energy Globe for Biogas Laboratory Project


With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually, the Energy Globe Award is a prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. The 2016 National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Belize installed a mobile biogas laboratory at the University of Belize’s Belmopan Campus in order to build capacity in the biogas sector. The submission for the Project “Biogas Laboratory at UB” was made by Henrik Personn, the Renewable Energy Expert at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The CCCCC is awarded the Energy Globe for Belize (for the project).

CARICOM Biogas Laboratory CARICOM Biogas Laboratory

In its efforts, the CCCCC has been granted the support within the GIZ – REETA program to introduce a mobile biogas Laboratory at the University of Belize (UB) for use within CARICOM Members states and also…

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USAID supports reforestation exercise in Grenada


rracc1.jpg RACC project Coordinator Lester Arnold (right) hands over some equipment of Grenada’s Environment Minister Roland Bola (3rd left). Looking on from left are Forestry Officer, Dillon Palmer; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Forestry, Marilyn Austin-Cadore, Chief Forestry Officer, Anthony Jeremiah and USAID’s Environmental Specialist, Joth Singh

rracc2.jpg Grenadian student Heidi Stanisclaus (centre) is joined by RRACC Project Coordinator Lester Arnold, USAID’s Natural Resources Specialist Christina Cairns and Environmental Specialist Joth Singh in planting the first of over 100 trees at the Sauteurs Beach

As part of a regional climate change initiative, the United States government supported a major reforestation effort on the island of Grenada last Friday. Students from the McDonald College Secondary School, forestry officials, and members of the St Patrick’s Environmental Community Tourism Organization (SPECTO) planted over 100 trees on Mount Rodney Beach in Sauteurs to help to combat extensive coastal and land degradation.

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Celebrating World Oceans Day


We are celebrating World Oceans Day with a special message from the Pacific Ocean Commissioner

“Our ocean covers a third of the globe – we must celebrate it and protect it. Our voice must be heard, our leadership matters,” says Dame Meg Taylor, the Pacific Ocean Commissioner and Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, as we celebrate World Oceans Day today.

Events are planned around the globe to celebrate the ocean, which for Pacific people links us all, economically, socially, environmentally and importantly, culturally. The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day is ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet’.

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“The ocean, climate and weather are linked and the impacts of climate change on our ocean are already being felt by many of us. But we are strong and we will not give up on our ocean, our homes or our future. We ask the same of you,” says Dame Meg.


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There is not a hard limit


Hawaii Study 

The purpose of the Hawaii Rewnewable Portfolio Standards  (RPS) Study was to use modeling tools to identify and evaluate cost-effective pathways that support the growth of renewables on Oahu and Maui with a goal of achieving RPS targets and maintaining grid stability and reliability.


Based on the study results the following changes will need to be made to the current system in order to improve grid stability and reliability:


1. Include reserves to handle wind and solar variability 

Grid operators carry “regulating reserves”, to offset potential short-term variability in renewable power, helping ensure grid stability. This reserve can come from thermal plants, demand response, storage and even wind and solar.


2. Reduce minimum operating levels on thermal power plants 

As wind and solar generation increase, the output of other conventional generators is backed down to accommodate the renewable output. Modifications and upgrades that allow thermal units to operate at lower levels can save up to $80 million/year and accommodate up to an additional 110 MW per hour of renewables.


3. Remove must-run constraints and allow cycling of baseload units 

As wind and solar penetration increase, in some scenarios, it could be more economical to turn thermal generation off. Unit cycling could reduce curtailment by up to 40% and save approximately $19 million per year in a high renewable scenario.


4. Use wind and solar to provide reserves 

When a part of the grid trips offline, power plants have to adjust to keep the grid stable. Allowing renewables to provide reserves, the grid can save up to $50 million per year and integrate an additional 200 GWh of wind and solar. More


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