BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Murphy International contract project and report called Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT AP), created for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to propel the Caribbean hotel sector towards energy efficiency, has won Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018 at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami.
The awards recognizes Murphy International as one of the leaders in the Caribbean energy sector who have, with their development and report efforts, has made a profound impact on the region's clean energy development. Over a hundred island energy leaders representing 27 countries and territories, 14 island utilities, 10 island governments attended the event and award ceremonies.
CHENACT AP aims to improve the competitiveness of small and medium sized hotels (less than 400 rooms) in the Caribbean region through improved use of energy with the emphasis on energy efficiency, renewable energy and micro-generation. Conceptualised in 2009 and completed earlier this year, the initiative has helped over 150 hotels in seven countries receive detailed investment grade energy audits and realize potential savings of 30-50% in energy and up to 50% in water. The project also provided workshops and training tools to hotels.
The programme performed by MID, LLC was a joint venture of the CTO and CHTA Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and was funded by The Inter American Development Bank (IDB), Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) CHENACT resources were made available on the MID, LLC developed private website. The award was accepted by (left to right) Sylma Brown Bramble, Director for the Americas, CTO; Loreto Duffy-Mayers, CHENACT Regional Programme Manager; Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank; and Frank Comito, CEO and Director General, CHTA
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