SIDS Conference: EU-SPC-Pacific Islands Partnership on Sustainable Energy highlighted at Forum PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday 2 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



Energy is one of the six multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogues being held during this week’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa. Central to the Sustainable Energy debate is use of renewable energy technologies to reduce SIDS reliance on fossil fuels, with their high cost and damaging environmental impacts.


‘Lack of local capacity to design, implement, monitor and maintain renewable energy systems is one of the key challenges that SIDS face,’ said HE Baron Waqa, President of Nauru, at the Renewable Energy Forum held ahead of the conference. The Forum was organised by the Government of New Zealand, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Samoa.


Development of local capacity is one of the aims of the Northern Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (North-REP) being implemented in a partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the European Union (EU), and the governments of Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Marshall Islands. SPC is managing bi-lateral funds totalling EUR 15.49 million for the three countries under the 10th European Development Fund.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:45
Energy data and effective renewable energy policy-making needed to fulfil renewable energy targets PDF Print E-mail

Friday 15 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), is conducting a week-long training workshop on–Energy Data and Policy Mechanisms to Support Implementation of Renewable Energy Targets–at its Suva Regional office in Fiji.


In 2013, the Pacific leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a sustainable future through the adoption of national renewable energy and energy efficiency targets as outlined in the Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership.


While these commitments are encouraging, for countries to succeed in achieving them, much rests on collaborative efforts made today. Achieving renewable energy targets, for instance, requires immense capital and resources: a challenge to most of the Pacific Islands. Access to up-to-date, accurate and appropriate data is also of critical importance.


The training is timely in overcoming the constraints Pacific Island governments face in achieving renewable energy targets, says SPC’s Economic Development Division Director, John Hogan.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 15:36

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