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Aruba & Carbon War Room Bid to Flip Caribbean Island Off Fossil Fuels

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Published on Jun 20, 2012

The Government of Aruba and the Carbon War Room (CWR), the global entrepreneur initiative founded by Sir Richard Branson and a group of entrepreneurs, announced a partnership to transition the island to 100% renewable energy today during the UN's Rio+20 talks. The partnership would make Aruba the world's first sustainable energy economy, with the Carbon War Room and New America Foundation working to both devise and implement an integrated strategy for the economy-wide transition -- a world first, if successful.


Although sustainability and low carbon plans aren't new to island economies, successful implementation is. Carbon War Room's Smart Island Economies operation aims to develop a successful model for low carbon plan implementation, and replicate across other Caribbean and Pacific islands that wish to take that pathway. It plans to attract top tier technology companies to work on Aruba, and hopes to attract philanthropic funding at the early stages to catalyse private investment.

"I am thrilled that the Carbon War Room can help make a difference for Aruba and its people. Aruba can set a wonderful example for other Island Nations to prove that they CAN get rid of fossil fuels, protect their wonderful natural resources and still grow their economy -- brilliant! --." Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Carbon War Room.

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