Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu Talk Climate Change
Green Energy Workshop Underway
Over 20 technical level Government officials from Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu have gathered in Suva for a two-day training workshop focused on enhancing sustainable energy planning and project implementation in the region. The workshop was organised by Global Green Growth Institute, the Fijian Government’s Director for Climate Change, of the Ministry of Economy. The Mi Ovini Ralulu said Fiji’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector, and the fulfilment of this commitment, was conditional upon adequate investment in renewable energy. This is vital to enable Fiji to meet its target of 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2030. The current level is just over 60 per cent. The workshop will provide an opportunity for officials from the region to learn about energy planning and modelling tools, collectively identifying opportunities and challenges in each of the three countries as well as analyse energy trends in the region. Mr Ralulu said the energy sector was leading the transformation to a low carbon global economy. Because of the region’s dependence on fossil fuels, Pacific Island Countries need to be part of this global transformation.
Fiji was the first country in the world to ratify the Paris Agreement in April, 2016 and has in place the Fiji Green Growth Framework 2014. Tonga and Vanuatu established their National Energy Road Map 2010 and 2016 respectively. All three countries have announced national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which are predominately based around the energy sector. Source: Global Green Growth Institute