Sustainability in Aruba

Aruba faces similar challenges as other Small Island Developing States, including remoteness from markets, geographical isolation, vulnerability to external shocks, an inability to rely on economies of scale and susceptibility to the uncertainty and unpredictability of climate change.

These challenges are being addressed at an international level by the United Nations through the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS.

However, Aruba, like the other Caribbean parts of the Kingdom are aiming to serve as a knowledge center for the region by researching, applying and sharing best practices in the field of climate change and sustainable development.

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Sustainability and shared prosperity

Aruba is aiming to create a balance between the vital dimensions of quality of life and sustained economic growth, or what Aruba considers to be sustainable and shared prosperity.

Through the promotion of economic growth, social equity and environmental awareness, as well as thorough various social programs and community projects, Aruba is building a solid foundation for an enhanced quality of life. Aruba prioritizes both infrastructural development that stimulates the economy, but also the health and happiness of its citizens.

Aruba is working to diversify its economy in order to reduce the island’s reliance on a single sector, but at the same time pursuing balance and shared growth. In order to achieve this goal, Aruba has set the following plan:

  • Become 100% dependent on renewable energy sources by 2020
  • Become a hub between Europe and the Americas
  • Involve the local community in order to create partnership and build on common goals, while cultivating a learning, caring, sharing, green and healthy society

Learn more about sustainability and shared prosperity on Aruba.

Renewable energy

Aruba has set the ambitious goal of becoming the first green economy by 2020 by transitioning to 100% renewable energy use. At the time of writing (June 2016) Aruba is at 20% renewable energy use.

Aruba is known for being sunny all year long and its cooling trade winds. By capitalizing on these natural resources, the island can generate renewable energy. The island is lowering its dependence on heavy fuel oil, lowering CO2 emissions, and reducing environmental pollution.

There are three main renewable energy initiatives: solar, wind and waste-to-energy.

Aruba is harnessing its natural resources to generate renewable energy. According to projections, by the end of 2016, wind and energy will account for 50% of Aruba’s energy sources .

One of the first waste-to-energy plants in the Caribbean is being operated by a private company in Aruba. Projections estimate that the plant will be able to generate 7MW of renewable energy.

In order to ensure that a constant and reliable energy supply is being delivered, energy storage facilities are being built to manage the intermittency and peaks in energy consumption.

Learn more about renewable energy on Aruba.

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