Minister Greene’s World Consumers Day Message:‘Empowering Consumers Through Clean Energy Transitions’


As we celebrate World Consumer Rights Day under the theme ‘Empowering Consumers
Through Clean Energy Transitions’ we are faced with the harsh reality that most
economies are facing a deepening energy crisis globally which is having an especial
untold impact on vulnerable consumers. According to Consumers International, global
energy prices are set to rise by 50% by the end of 2022 and will stay high in 2023.
The world needs energy to support everyday life and drive human and economic
development. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports that in 2019, over
26,000 terawatt-hours of electricity were produced worldwide. This electricity is being
produced by a range of energy sources, but mostly fossil fuels.

Energy production and use are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions around the
world. As greenhouse gases are a driving force behind climate change, countries
worldwide including Antigua and Barbuda are actively working on a clean energy
transition by changing how energy is produced.
The clean energy transition means shifting energy production away from sources that
release a lot of greenhouse gases, such as fossil fuels, to those that release little to no
greenhouse gases.

As we celebrate World Consumer Rights Day, it affords consumers, businesses and
government the opportunity for us to place greater emphasis on the need for the
protection of our environment from the harmful effects of greenhouse gasses.
Additionally, it allows for increase awareness and promotion of various forms of
renewable energy sources and the advantages to include cost-saving benefits available to

As the world over struggle to navigate the greatest cost of living crisis in a generation and
as the energy world drastically responds to supply and climate issues, our Government
considers it is crucial that long-term sustainability is achieved by the integration of
renewable energy sources to the benefit of consumers. Consumers too must play their
part by utilizing energy conservation measures and promoting energy efficiency.


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    • I agree @ zaamoni, he needs to stop talking “green Initiatives” and start running our own energy system properly.

      Parts of the country had power cuts this morning.

      This clown 🤡 is living in CLOUD CUCKOO land. Fool!

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