Three Pacific Island nations have recently joined the Pacific SIDS Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative: Managing the Ecosystem Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States (Pacific SIDS-EESLI) initiated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Pacific SIDS -EESLI project provides assistance in building energy systems that are ecologically efficient, sustainable, and socially equitable where it aims to make positive impacts and support livelihoods of Pacific Island communities.
Pacific SIDS-EESLI has been carried out in six countries: Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, and Vanuatu with the support of the Pacific Island Development States and the governments of Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, and Spain.
Fiji, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea have recently joined the initiative bringing the number to nine in total.
“The increase has a significant impact to Energy conservation in the Pacific” said Anare Matakiviti, IUCN Energy Programme Coordinator.
“The more countries we engage in the initiative, the more we are able to help spread the message on environmental conservation through the sustainable use of energy,” he added.
Reports of the project outcomes from 2008-2012 have shown that the Pacific SIDS-EESLI projects have annually saved over 900 tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to 297 thousand litres of oil, yielding a positive impact on the reduction of carbon dioxide and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in those first six countries.
The IUCN’s Energy Programme helps to address this, by supporting processes that accelerate the transition to energy systems that incorporate renewable energy, increase energy efficiency, and minimize impacts on biodiversity while being sustainable and socially equitable.
Ensuring fair and accessible energy solutions is a priority for the Pacific, particularly in countries where electricity access remains low.
By Natasha Eddie
For more information please contact Anare Matakiviti, IUCN Energy Programme Coordinator (e-mail: [email protected])