Cayman’s plentiful sun, wind and water are all touted as ways to provide energy that are eco- friendly alternatives to fossil fuels.
One member of the Legislative Assembly wants to set a series of national benchmarks toward one- hundred percent renewable energy and is picking up endorsements for his plan.
The Cayman Renewable Energy Association (CREA) is giving full support to Winston Connolly’s bill.
They say Grand Cayman has one of the highest carbon footprints per-capita in the world and neighboring caribbean countries are making tremendous strides to lower their carbon emissions and combat sea level rise.
“It’s no secret that burning fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions which causes climate change , and low lying island nations like the Cayman Islands are the front lines of climate change, so our children and our grandchildren are going to have to deal with things like sea level rise, that if we don’t try to mitigate these impacts, are going to have catastrophic repercussions for our economy in tourism and finance and our children and grandchildren are going to have to find a new way to live if we don’t do anything,” said CREA President James E. Whittaker.
Mr. Connolly’s plan is to have Cayman get 30% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020, 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2035.
The bill would also set a goal of having 20% of Cayman’s vehicles be electric by 2020.