Many partners, one team approach to sustainable energy for all in the Pacific Islands PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Monday 18 February 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



The development of clean and sustainable energy for all in seven Pacific Islands – Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – has taken another step forward with USD 4 million provided by the government of Denmark through the Small Islands Developing States DOCK or SIDS DOCK mechanism.


SIDS DOCK is a SIDS–SIDS institutional mechanism launched at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework for Action on Climate Change at Cancun, Mexico in 2010. It was launched with four partners: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) and the government of Denmark. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the development of a sustainable energy economy within the SIDS. By providing them with a dedicated and flexible mechanism to pursue sustainable energy, SIDS DOCK will make it easier for all of SIDS’ development partners to invest across multiple island states. SIDS DOCK is therefore serving as a ‘DOCKing station’ to increase SIDS access to international financing, technical expertise and technology, as well as a link to the European and USA carbon markets. The government of Denmark has provided USD 14.5 million in start up contributions to SIDS DOCK. The government of Japan intends to contribute USD 15 million to SIDS DOCK over two years through the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program. This will start in April 2013.


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Pacific Island countries commit to appliance labelling and standards PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Thursday 14 February 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



More and more Pacific Island governments are embracing appliance labelling and standards. This was revealed at the second meeting of the Steering Committee of the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standard (PALS) Programme, which was held in Suva on 1 February 2013. Niue has recently joined the PALS Programme and this brings the number of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) participating in the Programme to a total of 13.


The cabinets of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu have all approved the drafting of national legislation and regulations that ensure that major electricity consuming appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and lights meet a minimum level of legally enforceable performance standards and that energy rating labels are affixed to these products to inform consumers about the energy efficiency of these products before they are purchased.


‘It is a move in the right direction,’ said Makereta Sauturaga, Project Manager for the PALS Programme. Many PICTs have adopted energy roadmaps and energy plans and the labelling and standards is an important way to pursue these energy goals and targets. For instance, Samoa has just released its Energy Sector Plan 2012–2016 with its goal of ‘reducing the growth rate in the volume of imported fossil fuels by 10% by 2016’. One of the key strategies in this plan is the promotion of demand and supply side-management strategies for all consumers and for Samoa’s Electric Power Corporation.


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