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.
Representatives of the 13 Pacific Island countries (PICs) that are members of SIDS DOCK, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Pacific Power Association, SPC, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and UNDP gathered at SPC’s Suva office for the Consultation Meeting on the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Projects – PIGGAREP Plus – in late January to finalise their proposals that will be funded by SIDS DOCK. These proposals include improving the efficiency of the power utilities in FSM, Palau and RMI, support to the rural health centres in Solomon Islands to have solar powered internet services, solar water pumping in villages of Tonga, an energy efficiency demonstration house in Tuvalu, and a geothermal project in Vanuatu. The projects are all in line with the ultimate goal of SIDS DOCK, which is to generate at least 50 per cent of electric power from renewable sources, achieve a 20–30 per cent decrease in conventional transportation fuel use by 2033, and increase energy efficiency by 25 per cent (2005 baseline).
In opening the meeting, the Director of SPC’s Economic Development Division, John Hogan, emphasised that these SIDS DOCK projects are part and parcel of the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific with the ‘many partners one team’ approach to its implementation. He acknowledged the cooperative regional spirit in which these proposals were developed and are currently being finalised. While SPC is taking the lead in coordinating and finalising access to the funds, SPREP will be managing the funds, as well as all the funded projects.
For more information, contact Avnita Goundar, Information Officer, EDD, SPC, Suva, Fiji (Tel.: +679 3379 281; email:
or visit the SPC website: www.spc.int
or Silia Kilepoa-Ualesi, PIGGAREP Project Manager, Climate Change Programme, SPREP, Apia, Samoa (Tel: +685 66222; email:
or visit the SPREP website: www.sprep.org.
Photo caption: Getting sustainable energy right – rural electrification in FSM.