Fiji, Tonga, Van­u­atu Talk Cli­mate Change

Green En­ergy Work­shop Un­der­way

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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

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