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With an energy system entirely dependent on natural gas, the transition to cleaner energy generation has emerged as a pressing priority in Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, per capita carbon emissions from energy-related activities in T&T are nearly 2.5 times greater than the world average, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.

Although the world remains largely dependent upon fossil fuels for power generation, a gradual transition towards renewable sources has been taking place since the 1990s, underpinned by multilateral deals such as the Kyoto Protocol, the Doha Amendment and, more recently, the Paris Agreement. Investment and development in renewable technologies has historically been led by...

Hydrocarbons have long been the primary driver of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy. Indeed, T&T is the largest oil and gas producing country in the Caribbean, with the energy sector contributing around 45% to GDP, according to the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI). In addition, the country has a developed upstream petrochemicals industry and is a major exporter...

To what extent did the sector develop in 2019, and what direction will it take in 2020?

How important are ties to the Commonwealth, and how will relationships develop in the future?

The IMF estimates that Guyana will be the fastest-growing economy in the world in 2020, with projected growth of 84% for 2020 – up from 4.4% in 2019. The jump in growth is attributed to the fact it began oil production in December 2019. Guyana is looking to tap its natural resources, as it has the highest amount of oil reserves per capita – while Saudi Arabia has 1900 barrels...

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