The Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Presentation Ceremony – July 31st, 2018
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with BREA was pleased to host the presentation ceremony for the successful Barbadian graduates who passed their Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation. The award ceremony which took place on Tuesday July 31st, 2018 at the CDB Headquarters in Barbados was the culmination of a one (1) week intensive training program which took place a few months earlier in May.
In total, sixteen men and women from around the Caribbean Region are now designated certified energy professionals. The successful participants represent seven countries: Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. These countries will now benefit from an increase in the number of internationally certified energy practitioners towards creating a sustainable energy future and meeting their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). NDCs are the targets that countries around the world are working to achieve, to address climate change through adaptation and mitigation.
Ms. Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations) at the Caribbean Development Bank was present to deliver the featured remarks as well as present those Barbadian participants with their certificates. She stated in her remarks that, “CDB is committed to advancing the sustainable energy agenda in the Region. She also noted that CDB was pleased, through support from the Government of Canada, to have invested in building the capacity of 16 professionals who are well positioned to support the transition to a clean energy future.”
Two candidates from Barbados secured the highest examination scores: Mr. Christopher Straughn and Ms. Felicia Cox. While two (2) of the successful sixteen (16) regional participants earned their Energy Manager in Training (EMIT) certificate and will be eligible to upgrade their certifications after one additional year of professional experience in the energy sector.
All participants are now eligible to receive their international designations through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The program was made possible with assistance from the USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund, in partnership with the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA). The Jamaica Society of Energy Engineers (JSEE) delivered the Training Programme and administered the exam.
To see photos of the Barbados CEM Presentation Ceremony please see below