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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

 

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

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

 

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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
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