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Energy workshop aims to achieve renewable targets

A two-day energy planning workshop for Government officials concluded last week with experts from three Pacific Island countries sharing their stories and ideas. Organised by The Global Green Growth Institute and the International Renewable Energy Agency, the aims of the workshops were to provide an opportunity for 20 officials from Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu to learn […]

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December 5, 2016 9:47 am

A two-day energy planning workshop for Government officials concluded last week with experts from three Pacific Island countries sharing their stories and ideas.

Fijian Government's Director of Climate Change Mr. Ovini Ralulu opens the green energy workshop.
Fijian Government’s Director of Climate Change Mr Ovini Ralulu opens the green energy workshop.

Organised by The Global Green Growth Institute and the International Renewable Energy Agency, the aims of the workshops were to provide an opportunity for 20 officials from Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu to learn about energy planning and modelling tools, and identify opportunities and challenges in the respective countries.

During the workshop the Fiji Department of Energy presented a case study on the implementation of 1000 solar home systems in the maritime areas around Fiji, Vanuatu presented the impact of an energy efficiency project focusing on efficient lighting and air-conditioning in the residential, commercial and government sectors and Tonga shared their experience from a project installing 550 solar home systems in remote islands in Vava’u and Tongatapu.

The Fijian Government’s Director for Climate Change, of the Ministry of Economy, Mr Ovini Ralulu said that Fiji’s commitment is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector, and the fulfilment of this commitment, is conditional upon adequate investment in renewable energy. This is vital to enable Fiji to meet its target of 100% renewable electricity generation by 2030. The current level is just over 60%.

GGGI's Senior Energy Specialist Dr. Dereje Senshaw with Tongan Government's Energy Planner Kipola Sóotanga.
GGGI’s Senior Energy Specialist Dr Dereje Senshaw with Tongan Government’s Energy Planner Kipola Sóotanga.

Tongan Government’s Department of Energy Planner Mr Kipola Soótanga commented that the knowledge gained will aid in the achievement of the national Energy Road Map goals. The opportunity is to link various factors such as financing and policy to speed up our renewable energy projects.

Vanuatu Government’s Director of Strategic Planning and Aid Coordination, Mr Gregoire Nimbtik said that the workshop was a learning opportunity on how to harness sustainable energy and integrate it into Vanuatu’s national strategic planning activity for other areas such as rural housing, tourism and public utilities.

Global Green Growth Institute’s Senior Energy Specialist Dr Dereje Senshaw presented on how to understand the region’s energy resource development followed by sessions on how renewable energy and energy efficiency policies drive sustainable development goals within the region.

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