On April 17th-18th 2023, the Ministry of Energy & Business in collaboration with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) hosted the Energy Transition and Investment Plan Stakeholder workshop.The workshop was attended by key stakeholders such as the Barbados Light and Power Company (BL&PC), Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA), Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), Barbados Community College & the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) just to name a few.
CYEN members in Barbados, Shannon Weekes and Ivanna Odle were nominated to be on a youth panel discussion which discussed Gender Equity and Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Development.
Overall, during the workshop the call for more collaboration between the stakeholders was a unanimous one, the practice of mitigation is needed more by countries as opposed to adaptation measures, more Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) studies should be undertaken to better understand the gaps between knowledge and behavioral change and that although great policies with recommendations are created there is always the challenge of implementation which may be as a result of behavioral change. Therefore, it was suggested that behavioral change can be addressed with good success stories. Lastly, a call for more youth to be involved in decision making and implementation processes was issued.