Your Fuel Cost and You: CARICOM Energy Month Continues with Knowledge Webinar

We may think theres is nothing at all we can do about the price we pay for gas at the pumps. Well, this may well be true to some extent – but on the other hand, we can get ourselves better informed on the topic. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is currently hosting an energy month under the theme Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development, and as several CARICOM leaders (including our Prime Minister Andrew Holness) hold discussions on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco at COP22, we do need to improve our knowledge of energy matters (I certainly know that I do – I’m on a learning curve right now). So, tomorrow’s webinar should be of great interest. Do join in and do share with anyone you think may be interested. Here is the press release from our friends at Panos Caribbean:


KINGSTON, Jamaica. 15 November 2016:

Consumers will have the chance to get in the know on why they pay the prices they do for fuel and how they can influence those costs, thanks to a webinar organised by the CARICOM Secretariat with support from PANOS Caribbean and New Energy Events.

The webinar, titled Energy Pricing: My Fuel Costs, will take place via the link this Wednesday, November 16, at 9:30 AM – 11.00 AM EST.

 “This knowledge webinar provides an opportunity for citizens within the Caribbean Community to gain some level of insight into such issues as: (1) the causes of fuel (such as diesel and gasoline) price change over time; (2) where the money that is paid for a litre (or gallon) of fuel really goes; and (3) what it is that consumers are actually paying for,” said Dr. Devon Gardner, Head of the Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat.

“For those who often wonder why the savings from the lower global price of crude oil is not been directly passed onto consumers at the pumps as readily as they expect them to, this session is definitely for them,” he added.

The event is the first in a series of knowledge webinars and among a slate of other activities being put on as part of CARICOM Energy Month, which is being celebrated under the theme Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development.

The activities — including a regional news reporting competition and photo, video and innovation competitions targeting a wide cross-section of actors from the region — are intended to inspire the interest of Caribbean people in energy matters while helping them to understand its place in their development.

This is amidst a changing climate, which threatens to impair island economies, most of which are burdened by the high cost of energy that limit the economic growth that is necessary for their sustainable development.

This press release is a production distributed through Panoscope, a series of Panos Caribbean. It is made freely available to your media and we encourage publishing and redistribution, giving credit to Panos Caribbean.

For more information, contact:

Nadia Mohammed                                                         Adene Chung

CARICOM Secretariat                                                     Panos Caribbean

592-222-0001                                                                     876-920-0070-1                   

On November 16, please join us from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

 You can also dial in using your phone.

United States +1 (646) 749-3129

Access Code: 489-491-389

More phone numbers

Canada +1 (647) 497-9350

United Kingdom +44 (0) 330 221 0086

A gas station in Oracabessa, St. Mary. (Photo: Christopher Serju/Gleaner)
A gas station in Oracabessa, St. Mary. (Photo: Christopher Serju/Gleaner)









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