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Fiji at energy talks in Abu Dhabi

Fiji shared its renewable energy strategy at the 6th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi,  United Arab Emirates. Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport told the Assembly of Fiji’s energy transition experience and commitments to renewable energy solutions that will see it increasing its renewable energy utilisation by 2030. This […]

Peni Shute

January 20, 2016 7:00 am

Fiji shared its renewable energy strategy at the 6th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi,  United Arab Emirates.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Hon Vijay Nath with Director Energy Paula Katirewa in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: DEPTFO
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Hon Vijay Nath with Director Energy Paula Katirewa in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: DEPTFO

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport told the Assembly of Fiji’s energy transition experience and commitments to renewable energy solutions that will see it increasing its renewable energy utilisation by 2030.

This will enable Fiji to meet its sustainable energy needs and replace carbon intensive energy sources. Given Fiji’s exposure to fuel price volatility and small energy market, renewable energy is not only an efficient and low cost alternative but also has a huge potential that ties in with Fiji’s aspiration for a climate resilient green economy.

IRENA is tasked with the global uptake and implementation of renewable energy and has a membership of 145 countries with 30 more in the process of becoming members. IRENA’s rising profile is a testament to the commitment of countries worldwide to develop and deploy clean, safe and affordable renewable energy.

The Assembly and related side events were held from 15-17 January at the seat of IRENA in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This is the first inter-governmental meeting convened on the heels of Paris COP21 where the rapid deployment of renewable energy was acknowledged as integral to the future of any action on global climate change. The Assembly will begin committing into action the outcomes of Paris into a credible and sustainable international effort to scale up renewable energy deployment.

Ministerial delegates from 145 member countries, observers from select organizations, industry representatives, academia and high profile speakers that include UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and UN General Assembly President Moggen Lykketoft are also in attendance.

Assistant Minister Nath is accompanied by Director Energy Paula Katirewa.

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