From the Frontline, to the
Uniting the Caribbean for Bold Climate Action
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).
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)
Decarbonizing the Eastern Caribbean and building resilience to the impacts of climate change – energy, water, infrastructure, mobility, and finance
8:00 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:15am
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
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
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
11:00am - 12:20pm
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.
12:20 - 13:40pm
13:40 - 15:00pm
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.
15:00 - 15:10pm
Workshop session pitches
15:10 - 15:30pm
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.
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.
16:50 - 17:20pm
Highlights from the breakout sessions and closing of the first day.
End of Day Networking:
Ambition and Opportunity
8:00 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:45am
NDCFI welcome and executive summary of events and outcomes of Day 1:
9:45 - 10:15am
highlighting ambition and opportunity to unite the Caribbean for bold climate action, access to finance, and inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development.
10:15 - 10:45am
10:45 - 11:30am
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.
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
13:30 - 15:00pm
Policy, regulation, and the implications for private sector climate action:
Public-private dialogue on opportunities and barriers for climate business in the Eastern Caribbean
Enabling access to carbon markets:
Objectives, opportunities and policy options.
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.
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)
Cooperation and Support
8:30 - 9:00am
9:00 - 10:15am
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.
10:15 - 10:30am
Closing and pitches for the workshop sessions
10:30 - 10:50am
10:50am - 12:10pm
Renewable energy in food production: Food security, de-carbonization, and resilience
Access to finance:
Regional project development and investor matchmaking
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.
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)
NDCFI Working Group Meeting
Matchmaking sessions continued