Pacific petroleum prices and alternative fuels discussed at regional meeting PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday 10 December 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –





'The reality is that petroleum fuels are the main energy source for Pacific Islands, accounting for over 95% of all of our regional energy needs. Transportation by land, sea and air accounts for up to 75% of that usage. Petroleum fuels also generate most of the electricity used in Pacific households, and in the commerce, education and health services. They also power our industries and support our tourism,' said John Hogan, Director of SPC's Economic Development Division, in opening a five-day petroleum meeting in Suva, Fiji.


Responding to the energy and transport ministers' meeting held in Denarau earlier this year, SPC’s Energy Programme held a petroleum meeting last week (1–5 December) in Suva, Fiji. Petroleum officials and experts from Pacific governments, government-owned enterprises and the private sector discussed fuel-pricing mechanisms in the region and shared country experiences. 


The meeting included discussions of the newly developed SPC fuel pricing manual, the development of a regional fuel industry code of practice, and capacity building of officials on regional fuel industry standards. It also provided an update on emerging technologies in alternative liquid fuels and a review of the current status of development of renewable and alternative fuel projects in the region.


Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 11:40
New project to assist 15 Pacific Island countries tackle energy security and climate change PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 4 December 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –






A new project to address the social, environmental and economic impact of energy security and climate change on Pacific African Caribbean Pacific (PACP) countries was launched in Suva today. 


Supported by the European Union, the Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation (PACTVET) project aims to enhance PACPs' regional and national capacity and technical expertise to respond to climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable energy (SE) challenges.


The EUR 6.1 million (F$11.9m) project is being implemented over 53 months by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP). PACTVET aims to enhance sustainable livelihoods in PACPs. Sustainable livelihoods are a high priority for Pacific Island communities and governments alike.


They are central to current and emerging development policy, including resource management and conservation and to meet threats such as climate change.


The PACTVET project was jointly launched by the EU Ambassador, Mr Andrew Jacobs, SPC Deputy Director General Ms. Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu, USP Vice Chancellor and President Prof. Rajesh Chandra, and PIFS Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Regional Authorising Officer Ms. Cristelle E. Pratt.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:02

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