Trinidad and Tobago

Second National and Sectoral Capacity Building Workshops for CDM

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The Second Round of Capacity Building Workshops for CDM has been completed!

The Ministry of Housing and the Environment announces the successful completion of the Second National and Sectoral Capacity Building Workshops for the CDM, which were conducted on October 27-28th, 2011.

In collaboration with the UNEP Risoe Centre, and with the cooperation of The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), the Sectoral Workshop was held on October 27th, 2011 and covered several key issues facing current project developers.

Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh, Head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit (MEAU) of the Ministry, noted that since Trinidad and Tobago had recently approved its National Climate Change Policy, the strategic direction of the country is heading toward pursuing low carbon development pathways and the policy explicity promotes the use of CDM as a mechanism to support this goal. Indeed, the government has already begun to explore options for renewable energy and energy efficieny, and a myriad of incentives has been initiated to this end, as detailed by Mr. Randy Maurice of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs in his presentation.

Stakeholders were also informed by potential project developers of their project ideas and its status, including interested organisations such as the Solid Waste Management Company Ltd (SWMCOL) for landfill projects, Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited on an AUM Nitric Acid Plant and the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) on CNG cars.

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>> Above: Group discussion on the feasibility and interest in CDM in Trinidad and Tobago at the Sectoral Workshop

Sustrust, the UNEP-contracted local consultants to assist in PIN and PDD development in Trinidad and Tobago, communicated to the audience feedback received from the 19 public/private sector organisations approached to consider developing a CDM project. However, many pitfalls were identified along the way, resulting in only 2 organisations formally expressing interest. Dr Fenhann (UNEP Risoe Centre) and Dr Coto (EMA S.A.) provided feedback on the presented ideas and addressed crucial issues relating to PIN and PDD development in areas such as additionality and validation.

The National Workshop which took place on October 28th, 2011 targeted a broader cross section of national stakeholders from the public sector, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Planning and the Economy, the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin) and the Council of Presidents of the Environment (COPE).

An overview of the project ideas, updated with the input from the Sectoral Workshop was presented to the audience, along with similar presentations on the Climate Change Policy and PDD development and pitfalls. The concept of using a Programme of Activites (PoA) for the Caribbean Community was broached, with the rationale being the achievement of economies of scale, aggregated emissions reductions and support for types of activities that would not classify as a stand alone project.

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>> Above: A cross-section of public/private sector and NGO stakeholders at the National Workshop on October 28th, 2011

The status of the regulatory and enabling structures for CDM, such as the project approval committee and process, the establishment of the Designated National Authority (DNA), and the investor's guide developments, was also addressed by Mr. Kumarsingh of the MEAU, which serves as the DNA for Trinidad and Tobago.

Coming out of these workshops, a deeper understanding of the CDM process and its challenges has been achieved. Participants and in particular, interested project developers have been guided on the way forward for their Project Idea Notes (PINs) and Project Design Documents (PDDs), and were given recommendations on their project concepts. In addition, the project consultants have mapped out the direction to be taken post-II Workshops and will continue to provide assistance to any interested project developers.

To access the presentations delivered at the workshops, please click on the corresponding links below. The prefix 'SW' denotes presentations specific to the Sectoral Workshop, whereas 'NW' is National Workshop, and 'PI' is Project Idea. Project ideas that were delivered by Sustrust on behalf of other organisations were summarized in the presentation: Project Outlines & Feedback from SW.


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