Representatives from nine Pacific Island countries are gathering today in Nadi, Fiji, to validate the first ever Pacific Efficient Lighting Strategy (PELS) for the region’s transition to high efficiency, environmentally-sound lighting by 2020.
“By identifying concrete policy measures to be implemented, this new efficient lighting strategy holds the potential to reduce the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, while also decreasing dependence on petroleum imports and improving livelihoods,” the Deputy Director, Energy, of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Solomone Fifita, said.
By implementing the measures identified in the strategy, the region will reduce its electricity consumption for lighting by 36 per cent per year, save the region over US$ 1.7 billion by 2030, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.6 million tonnes over the same time period.
“This strategy contributes to the call for sustainable energy in Small Island Developing States, materialized in the 2014 SAMOA Pathway. It also demonstrates Pacific leadership towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which will be adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, especially to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy,” said Isabelle Louis, Deputy Regional Director for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
The PELS Technical Validation workshop is the last of a series of regional consultations organised by SPC in collaboration with UNEP, through the UNEP – Global Environment Facility en.lighten initiative, with financial and technical support from the Australian Department of Industry and Science.
The validated strategy will be submitted for approval to the Pacific Energy Advisors Group meeting in November this year, and then presented for political endorsement during the Regional Energy Officials meeting in July 2016 in Tonga.
The PELS Technical Validation workshop will be followed today and tomorrow by the regional steering committee meeting of the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) programme.
Participation at the PELS and PALS meetings includes governments and administrations from Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Other development partners that are also in attendance include Energy Efficient Strategies Australia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Pacific Power Association and the International Institute for Energy Conservation.