5th - 7th July 2022

Harbor Club Hotel, St. Lucia

2nd NDC
Investment Forum

From the Frontline, to the Future:
Uniting the Caribbean for Bold Climate Action

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About

Member States of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are individually and collectively endeavoring to build their resilience to climate change and to transition to low carbon economies.

The NDCFI was formed as an initiative to advance and accelerate the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Eastern Caribbean region and related commitments of OECS Member States (MS).

Agenda

The NDCFI is hosting it’s 2nd NDCFI Forum in Saint Lucia, from July 5-7, 2022

A key component of the Forum is the MarketPlace; an in-person and virtual exhibition of service providers with the energy sector. It was conceived to generate greater participation of private sector organizations.

English-French translation will be available (Plenary sessions, only)

Theme:

Decarbonizing the Eastern Caribbean and building resilience to the impacts of climate change – energy, water, infrastructure, mobility, and finance

8:00 - 9:00am

Registration, coffee, welcome networking

9:00 - 9:15am

Opening & Formal Welcome

Annette Rattigan Leo, Government of Saint Lucia and Crispin d’Auvergne, OECS Commission.

Formal opening of NDCIF-2, 2nd NDC Investment Forum of the NDCFI, highlighting progress made since the 1st Forum and setting the stage for the coming three days.

9:15 - 10:15am

Opening Plenary & Panel Discussion

Keynote inputs:

Benise Joseph:

The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge: Gaps, opportunities, and recommendations to increase the diffusion of solar energy.

H.E. Peter Chia-yen Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia:

Supporting the installation of PV systems

Dr. Annett Fleischer, GIZ:

Accelerating NDC implementation in the Eastern Caribbean

Dr. Kristin Deason, GGGI:

Investment mobilization for solar PV in the Eastern Caribbean

Paul van Aalst, GET.invest Finance Catalyst:

Supporting project development and investment readiness in the private sector

Imen Gherboudj, IRENA:

Moderator: Leena Wokeck, FutureWays/GIZ Consultant

Following a brief round of announcements of support for the Solar Challenge, panelists will share insights from their work, respond to questions from the audience, and discuss key issues, experiences, and aspirations for uniting the Caribbean to accelerate decarbonization and advance resilience to the impacts of climate change.

10:15 - 10:30am

Matchmaking:

Brief introduction to the NDCIF-2 matchmaking approach and how to make the most of opportunities for networking over the 3 days of the conference.

Brief pitches for the upcoming parallel sessions

10:30 - 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am - 12:20pm

Parallel Sessions

Financing Mechanisms for Solar PV in the OECS:

Presentation and roundtable discussions on innovative mechanisms for funding PV systems, mechanisms to accelerate investment and overcoming challenges that have hindered the growth of the solar market in the OECS. - GGGI, Melanie Chaurand, ECO Carib Green Tech

Building Resilience in the Water Sector:

The water sector is key to sustainable development, and its resilience a major factor for climate change adaptation in the Caribbean. Utilities and government representatives will highlight key areas for climate action and engage in a discussion on challenges and opportunities.

  • + Ignatius Jean, CAWASA
  • + Brian Bonaparte, Ministry of Finance, Grenada (G-CREWS)
  • + Fabian Felix, NIPP, Saint Lucia
  • Moderator: Jason Ernest, Water Resources Management Agency

12:20 - 13:40pm

Lunch Break

13:40 - 15:00pm

Financing NDC implementation in the Eastern Caribbean

Access to finance remains a key challenge for accelerating bold climate action in the Caribbean. Panelists will share experiences and outlooks on financing de-carbonization and resilience building, discuss gaps and how to fill them, and provide an overview of barriers and opportunities from a range of highly relevant perspectives.

  • + Judith Ephraim, OECS Commission: Opening input and session chair
  • + Leighton Waterman, Caribbean Development Bank
  • + Ruth Phillips Itty, Commonwealth/Climate Finance Access Hub
  • + Kieran St. Omer, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
  • + Shaiiede Kallicharan, Bank of Saint Lucia
  • + Erastus Njuki Ndugire, UN Habitat

15:00 - 15:10pm

Workshop session pitches

15:10 - 15:30pm

Short break/coffee/snack

15:30 - 16:50pm

Accelerating decarbonatization to achieve climate targets: The role of the private sector:

Round-table discussion focused on impact investment and critical opportunities to improve the carbon footprint in the region.

  • + Federico Fische, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)
  • + Paula Brufman - Institutional Director Alcot
  • + Loreto Duffy-Mayers - Advisor PFAN
  • + Jorge Barrigh - Heifer International

Weathering storms: The future of critical infrastructure:

Strategic investment in critical infrastructure is important for small economies vulnerable to climate change impacts. Determining targeted solutions, with affordable and participative financing options along with adequate responsive capacity, are some of the factors that must be explored if the quality of critical infrastructure within the Caribbean is to be enhanced.

  • + Dr. Cletus Bertin, CARILEC
  • + Gemma Edwin, NIPP, Saint Lucia
  • + Herman Jean Pienaar, UN Habitat
  • Moderator: Annette Rattigan-Leo

16:50 - 17:20pm

Highlights from the breakout sessions and closing of the first day.

End of Day Networking:

Theme:

Ambition and Opportunity

8:00 - 9:00am

Registration, coffee

9:00 - 9:45am

From the frontline, to the future: Uniting the Caribbean for bold climate action - Opening and formal welcome to Day 2, the high-level day of NDCIF-2

  • + Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Saint Lucia
  • + Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General, OECS Commission
  • + Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Acting Prime Minister, Saint Lucia

NDCFI welcome and executive summary of events and outcomes of Day 1:

  • + Annette Rattigan Leo, Government of Saint Lucia
  • + Crispin D'Auvergne, OECS Commission

9:45 - 10:15am

Keynote Remarks (virtual/recorded, with inputs from the floor)

highlighting ambition and opportunity to unite the Caribbean for bold climate action, access to finance, and inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development.

  • + Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA
  • + Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, BMZ, Germany
  • + Gauri Singh, Deputy Director General, IRENA
  • + Pablo Vieira, Global Director, NDC Partnership Support Unit
  • + Rob Wallace, CEO and Co-Founder, Power 52 Energy (in-person)

10:15 - 10:45am

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:30am

Keynote panel discussion

Inputs from NDCFI partners, reflections on central points made in the keynote inputs, and interactive discussion on priorities for bold climate action, accessing financing, and accelerating NDC implementation.

  • + Rob Wallace, CEO and Co-founder, Power 52 Energy
  • + Bernd Hackmann, UNFCCC
  • + Donna Gittens, EU/EUROCLIMA+
  • + Derek Gibbs, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Moderator: Leena Wokeck, Futureways/GIZ Consultant

11:30am - 12:15pm

Introduction of the NDCFI Marketplace and Exhibitors: Jade Hutchinson, Noah Energy/GIZ consultant

Public launch of the marketplace (with photo opportunities)

12:00 - 13:30pm

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00pm

Working sessions with high-level representation

Policy, regulation, and the implications for private sector climate action:

Public-private dialogue on opportunities and barriers for climate business in the Eastern Caribbean

  • + Dawn Pierre-Nathoniel, Government of Saint Lucia
  • + Jade Hutchinson, Noah Energy

Enabling access to carbon markets:

Objectives, opportunities and policy options.

  • + Patrick Munyaneza, GIZ
  • + Eduardo Piquero

Closed Session:

Advancing the Renewable Energy Transition in the OECS: The Role of Policymakers in Attracting Investment in Renewable Energy

High level dialogue on policy for driving integration of renewable energy in electricity networks, the role of independent utility regulators in helping to guide renewable energy policy decisions, balancing objectives and interests, and meeting renewable energy targets.

  • + Allison Jean, National Utilities
  • + Regulatory Commission, Saint Lucia (Moderator)
  • + Glenn Khan, Regulated Industries Commission, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • + Dr. Ted Kury, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida
  • + Cheryl Lewis, Office of Utilities Regulation, Jamaica
  • + Thomas Mitschke, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC)

15:00 - 15:30pm

Refreshments and return to plenary

15:30 - 15:45pm

Feedback from the working sessions

15:45 - 17:15pm

Caribbean Climate Leadership: Inaugural dialogue of OECS Energy and Climate Ministers and State Secretaries

Following up on the Ministerial Declaration of the inaugural NDCFI Forum in 2018, Ministerial delegates and high-level representatives of OECS Member States with responsibility for Climate Change and Energy matters will come together to recognize achievements made, emphasize the ongoing and ever more urgent need for climate action and for climate finance, as well as reaffirm and enhance concrete commitments to advance legislation and regulation that enables bold climate action.

17:15 - 17:30pm

Formal closing of the high-level day (NDCFI)

18:45pm

Networking Reception:

Theme:

Cooperation and Support

8:30 - 9:00am

Registration, coffee

9:00 - 10:15am

Plenary Panel

From its inception, the NDCFI has aimed to engage relevant stakeholder groups across key sectors for NDC implementation and financing: Public and private, local, regional, and international. It is built on an ambition to be more than the sum of its parts and aims to play an impactful role in convening key actors to learn from each other. It seeks to be a platform and a catalyst for collaboration on sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous island futures, and a de-carbonised, more resilient Caribbean.

The region is bracing for ever more severe climate impacts, while weathering the fallouts of various other crises, from health, to fiscal, from the marginalization of vulnerable groups, to world markets, supply chain disruptions, rising prices, and resource scarcity.

Panelists will share experiences and thoughts on the importance of partnerships and collaboration to enabling bold climate action and engage in a discussion on challenges and opportunities.

  • + Rob Wallace, CEO and Co-Founder, Power 52 Energy
  • + Raquel Moses, Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator
  • + Bernd Hackmann, UNFCCC
  • + Joaquim Leite, NDC Partnership Support Unit
  • + Nadia Wells-Hyacinth, Government of Saint Lucia
  • + Crispin d'Auvergne, OECS Commission

10:15 - 10:30am

Closing and pitches for the workshop sessions

10:30 - 10:50am

Coffee Break

10:50am - 12:10pm

Workshop Sessions

Renewable energy in food production: Food security, de-carbonization, and resilience

  • + Mr. Brent Theophile, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
  • + Jameson Alphonse, Food Producer, Saint Lucia
  • + Iain Munro, Strategy Director Ryse Energy

Access to finance:

Regional project development and investor matchmaking

  • + Paul van Aalst, GET.invest Finance Catalyst
  • + Federico Fische, PFAN

E-mobility: Accelerating the transition to sustainable transport

In some Caribbean countries, road transport is one of the largest users of fossil fuels. Existing experiences, policies, plans, ambitions and opportunities for accelerating the de-carbonization of mobility will be discussed.

  • + Dr. Curtis Boodoo, UTT
  • + Frances Fuller, Policy Expert

12:10 - 12:40pm

Brief feedback from the breakout sessions

Formal closing of NDCIF-2 - Annette Rattigan Leo (Government of Saint Lucia) and Crispin d’Auvergne (OECS Commission)

Afternoon

NDCFI Working Group Meeting

Matchmaking sessions continued

Sponsors

Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States
Government of St. Lucia
United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change
NDC Partnership
Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit, GIZ
Caribbean Development Bank
European Union
GET.invest
Global Green Growth Institute
Republic of China (Taiwan)
HM Government
PFAN

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