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approaches and inclusive perspectives.         Policy implementation on the ground is advancing at
                      Strengthening of strategic alliances, the further   a snail’s pace. Under current policies, it is estimated
                   digitization of processes and the active participation   that the end-of-century warming will be 2.7°C.
                   of  citizens  in  energy  transition  are  therefore  key      The Caribbean region, while actively attempting
                   success factors that will significantly contribute to   to  increase  its  resilience  in  all  forms,  remains
                   overcoming the pandemic, whilst decarbonizing our   geographically vulnerable to not only climate change,
                   energy systems and strengthening their resilience.   but to the other natural hazards which threaten it. To
                   The region needs to adapt to climate change in order   effectively unravel and address its many challenges
                   to be prepared for what is coming. At the same time,   is no easy undertaking for any island. It is imperative
                   it should embrace technology to tackle and reduce   that the region uses its shared vulnerability as an
                   the impact of climate change. Science must be woven   avenue to tackle these challenges as a united entity
                   through every single consideration in our response   – utilizing the power and expertise of national and
                   to this global problem we face. After playing the role   regional  organizations.  As  a  premier  institution
                   of the diagnostician, science now needs to play the   in  the  Caribbean,  CARILEC  continues  to  promote
                   role of the treatment, which will be in technology,   the  agenda  for  Energy  Transition  and  Climate
                   innovation, natural solutions as well as behavioral   Change  mitigation  under  three  (3)  key  pillars  –
                   and  societal  change.  Around  70%  of  the  world’s   decarbonization,  security  of  supply  and  energy
                   economy  is  now  committed  to  reaching  net  zero   affordability. We strongly believe in facilitating the
                   emissions. More than 80 countries have formally   development  of  world  class,  sustainable  electric
                   updated their Nationally Determined Contributions   energy and continue to lend support, expertise, and
                   (NDCs), and all G7 countries have announced new   training to meet these goals.
                   NDC targets that put them on the path to net zero      We hope that as you engage in this issue of the
                   emissions by 2050. Accounting for around half of the   CE  Journal,  your  interests  will  be  awakened,  and
                   global economy, all the countries that make up the   you  will  acquire  an  increased  appreciation  of  the
                   G7 have updated their 2030 targets to put them on   Caribbean  electric  energy  sector.  Thank  you  for
                   a pathway to net zero by 2050. Concerns from many   your resolute support and sustained interest in the
                   vulnerable countries were aired at COP26 and it is   work of the Secretariat. We eagerly welcome your
                   abundantly clear that much more work is expected   insights into how we can further develop successful
                   to achieve the goals set out for 2030 and beyond.   and outstanding sustainable energy solutions for the
                   Plans for net-zero are not being matched by action.   people of the Caribbean region.

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