SPC advances the energy data and information revolution in the Pacific Islands PDF Print E-mail

Monday 2 June2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Pohnpei




'The Pacific Regional Data Repository for Sustainable Energy for All (PRDR SE4ALL) is going to be a one-stop-shop that will support the many partners, one team approach to addressing the energy security challenges of the region,' according to Mr Gerald Zackios, Director of SPC’s North Pacific Regional Office. He was speaking at the opening of the PRDR consultation workshop held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) last week.   


'There's more. The PRDR will document, share and store up-to-date, reliable energy data, project information and experiences; it will support accountability, efficiency and evidence-based decision making; and it will link the Pacific to the global tracking framework of the United Nations’ SE4ALL Initiative,' he continued.


Energy is an enabler. It is an enabler of transport, health, fast internet and mobile communications; it is an enabler of gender equality, of safe drinking water, and of food and nutrition. However, for the Pacific Islands and other small island developing states, advancing this key role of energy is a huge challenge, due to a major information and data bottleneck that has plagued the energy sector of small island developing states for a long time.   

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:50
Energy efficiency discussions elevated at regional meeting PDF Print E-mail

Friday 30 May 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



The Energy Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a project Steering Committee  meeting of the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) programme. This was followed by a workshop for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Efficient Lighting programme. The two events took place this week (May 27-28) in Nadi, Fiji.


The workshop was an outcome of commitments made at the Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers' Meeting in April this year, when the ministers endorsed concept notes for regional energy efficiency proposals on the phasing out of incandescent lamps, energy efficiency in water supply, building energy codes development and application, and sustainable cities.


The ministers also endorsed SPC's and UNEP's effort to develop a detailed regional strategy for the transition to efficient lighting in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 11:39

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