Pacific efficient light strategy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate energy and financial savings PDF Print E-mail

6 August 2015, Nadi

Light bulb manRepresentatives from nine Pacific Island countries are gathering today in Nadi, Fiji, to validate the first ever Pacific Efficient Lighting Strategy (PELS) for the region’s transition to high efficiency, environmentally-sound lighting by 2020.


“By identifying concrete policy measures to be implemented, this new efficient lighting strategy holds the potential to reduce the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, while also decreasing dependence on petroleum imports and improving livelihoods,” the Deputy Director, Energy, of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Solomone Fifita, said.


By implementing the measures identified in the strategy, the region will reduce its electricity consumption for lighting by 36 per cent per year, save the region over US$ 1.7 billion by 2030, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.6 million tonnes over the same time period.


“This strategy contributes to the call for sustainable energy in small island developing states, materialized in the 2014 SAMOA Pathway. It also demonstrates Pacific leadership towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which will be adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, especially to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy,” said the Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific,United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Isabelle Louis.


The PELS Technical Validation workshop is the last of a series of regional consultations organised by SPC in collaboration with UNEP, through the UNEP – GEF en.lighten initiative, with financial and technical support from the Australian Department of Industry and Science.


The validated strategy will be submitted for approval to the Pacific Energy Advisors Group meeting in November this year, and then presented for political endorsement during the Regional Energy Officials meeting in July 2016 in Tonga.


The PELS Technical Validation workshop will be followed today and tomorrow by the regional steering committee meeting of the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) programme.


Participation at the PELS and PALS meetings includes governments and administrations from Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Other development partners that are also in attendance include Energy Efficient Strategies Australia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Pacific Power Association and the International Institute for Energy Conservation.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:20
Pacific Island countries and territories explore pathways to transform energy systems PDF Print E-mail

22 July 2015



Honolulu, Hawai’i – In an ongoing effort to solve the region’s significant energy challenges, Pacific Island countries and territories and development partners are meeting this week (July 21 to 23 Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST)) in Honolulu to share experiences on increasing the use of renewable energy.


Key speakers will discuss comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, including the importance of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, capacity building, and financing. 


The workshop will examine a number of Pacific case studies, such as different clean energy initiatives in Hawai’i.


The workshop is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and is funded by the U.S. Department of State. 


“Transforming Pacific island energy system is not only about putting in more renewable energy installations,” the Director of the SPC’s Economic Development Division, Captain John Hogan, said.


It is also about creating a conducive environment to facilitate the development and generation of renewable energy.


This must go hand in hand with an innovative approach to financing and accelerating ways of utilising emerging energy sources,” Captain Hogan said.


“The meeting this week also reaffirms the Pacific region’s commitment to the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific and its vision for an energy secure Pacific”, he said.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:07

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