Advancing a culture of effective energy statistics and information management: A study of the CARICOM economic space, Earl Green and Charmaine DeLisser
Earl Green, Charmaine D. DeLisser
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
University of Technology, Jamaica, Kingston
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze the issues associated with the use of modern energy statistics and information management (ESIM) constructs as information sharing and decision-making mechanisms in the Caribbean community (CARICOM). The study focuses on the strategies required for advancing accepted regional goals of the creation and utilization of ESIM systems in the CARICOM energy sector, a vital precursor to national and regional generation and integration of energy information.
Design/methodology/approach: Primary and secondary data from CARICOM countries were analyzed, supported by an assessment methodology which examines the impact of the current state of the environment, and the policy imperatives on the data.
Findings: The research findings suggest that the creation and usage of energy statistics and information in the region is minimal. Several issues impact negatively on utilization, including political, visibility, awareness, resource, and cultural factors.
Originality/value: There are several possible alternatives for improving the state of ESIM in the region, and better understanding the peoples of the region, and the approaches to regional integration and development are instructive in deciding on the best approach. The solutions articulated in this paper are intended to achieve more inclusive high-value modalities of operation, optimize skills development and knowledge transfer, and positively impact the decision-making processes at both regional and state levels.
Keywords: Energy; Caribbean integration; CARICOM energy policy; Energy information management; Energy planning; Energy statistics; ESIM.
Citation: Green, E. and DeLisser, C.D. (2018), "Advancing a culture of effective energy statistics and information management: A study of the CARICOM economic space", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 26-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-05-2017-0010