Energy security a priority for sustainable development PDF Print E-mail

Monday 11 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



This year marks the first year of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.  At the Pacific Regional Energy and Transport (Aviation and Maritime) Ministers' Meeting in Nadi, Fiji, in April 2014, which was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Ministers acknowledged the central enabling role of energy in sustainable development in a region where effective and efficient transport, especially maritime transport, underpins people’s lives. The meeting agreed that ‘Transport for sustainable development’ must be included in the Pacific priorities to be submitted to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be held in Samoa from 1 to 4 September 2014.


Energy is also an enabler of other critical aspects of development including electricity generation. But in the Pacific region, seven out of ten people, mostly in the larger Melanesian countries, still do not have access to electricity. In Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, only 12%, 21% and 33% respectively of the population has access to electricity.


The overarching theme of the international SIDS Conference is ‘The sustainable development of small Island developing states through genuine and durable partnerships’.  Sustainable energy is the focus of one of six plenary meetings that will take place at the conference. It is also part of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogue that will run in parallel with the plenary meetings. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:18
American Samoa and Samoa punch above their weight on fuel prices PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday 6 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –


alt‘Financial gains from increased renewable energy and energy efficiency installations can be easily and quickly lost if the prices of petroleum products are not closely scrutinised and negotiated,’ says Solomone Fifita, Head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Energy Programme. Mr Fifita was making the remark as SPC released the newest edition of a key output of its Petroleum Advisory Services – the Pacific Fuel Price Monitor (PFPM), for the first quarter of 2014.


PFPM is a publication that gathers and analyses fuel-pricing data from around the region and reports that information graphically and analytically, demonstrating the average retail fuel prices, both with and without government tax, that are achieved by member countries and territories during each three-month period of the year. This is compared to fuel prices reported in the larger regional reference markets of Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Singapore.


‘Our analysis shows that, while member countries may be getting fuel from the same import shipments, there is a marked difference in the wholesale and retail prices that are charged in each country. This points to differences in pricing practices and the negotiated price agreements that are in place,’ said Alan Bartmanovich, SPC’s Petroleum Adviser.


It is through identifying and highlighting those differences that SPC encourages and facilitates the sharing of best practices among the countries in order for them to achieve better fuel prices and support the gains from their renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:32

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