Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the tourism sector PDF Print E-mail

Monday 22 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) says it intends to investigate renewable energy and associated technologies for the Pacific tourism sector in the next three to five years.


SPTO chief executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi signalled this direction at a regional training workshop ‘Investing in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Hotels’ held at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi, Fiji in September.


The initiative was supported by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) through the Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region (CCCPIR) programme.


Mr Vuidreketi says SPTO does not have the technical capacity to investigate these issues alone and will seek assistance from other regional organisations in the Pacific, including SPC, which has an energy programme with technical and analytical expertise in renewable energy.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:29
Assessing LPG and LNG as alternative energy sources for the Pacific PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 11 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



There is a growing global trend towards using cleaner and cheaper fuel. The Pacific region has always faced difficulties with this type of change, due to its huge dependence on imported expensive fossil fuels for transportation, power generation, shipping and cooking. 


In many countries, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are being used as alternative energy sources  due to the emergence of new gas supply centres, increasing numbers of proven reserves, rapid technological advances, competitive pricing and the environmental friendly nature of these energy sources.


In February 2014, the Management Committee of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) approved a concept note and budget for the implementation of a research project proposed by the World Bank to consider the potential for expanding LPG use and the possible introduction of natural gas in the form of LNG as alternative energy sources for the Pacific Islands.


The research study was endorsed at the Second Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ Meeting that was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and held  in Nadi, Fiji in April. The meeting also highlighted the importance of assessing the potential for increased penetration of LPG and the potential introduction of LNG to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels and significantly reduce energy costs.


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:40

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