Department of Energy Staff Participated in GGGI Capacity Building Workshop in Fiji which focuses on Energy Planning and NDC Implementation
On November 29 and 30, 2016, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) held a capacity building workshop in Suva, Fiji. The workshop provided capacity development for green growth on the subject of energy planning for the support of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and bankable projects in the region. Over 20 technical level Government officials from Fiji, Tonga, and Vanuatu attended the two-day training.
Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu have all integrated renewable energy targets and greenhouse gas mitigation targets into their NDCs as have many other countries around the world. By completing this workshop, participants learned about the benefits of energy planning for green growth and NDC implementation, how to undertake energy planning for decision-making support of green growth and the implementation of NDCs, and discussed the characteristics of successful planning approaches. Participants also learned how to identify resources and tools, including those available from the GGGI. With all of these tools, resources, and enhanced knowledge, the participants can improve development of bankable energy projects that contribute to green growth and NDC achievement. Specifically, the NDCs that were addressed in this workshop, and in GGGI’s work in the region, contribute to SDG goals focused on clean energy, sustainable cities, and climate action.
During the workshop the Fiji Department of Energy presented a case study on the implementation of 1000 solar home systems in the maritime areas around Fiji, Vanuatu presented the impact of an energy efficiency project focusing on efficient lighting and air-conditioning in the residential, commercial and government sectors and Tonga shared their experience from a project installing 550 solar home systems in remote islands in Vava’u and Tongatapu.
Energy Planning is a tool to help countries understand what the impact of these targets may be on their economies. It provides the opportunity to test various policies and projects through scenarios, effectively learning which policies and actions will most help countries to implement their NDC and achieve its target. Energy planning can also help to identify how to most effectively increase capacity for energy while supporting the expansion of renewables and efficiency.
The Fijian Government’s Director for Climate Change, of the Ministry of Economy, Mr. Ovini Ralulu, said that Fiji’s ability to fulfill their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector is conditional upon adequate investment in renewable energy. This is vital to enable Fiji to meet its target of increasing their renewable electricity generation from 60% of their total energy production today to 100% by 2030. Mr. Ralulu noted that the Pacific Island region needs to move away from dependence on fossil fuels, and must join a global transformation towards a low-carbon economy.
With the conclusion of this workshop, GGGI will continue working with Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga to support implementing bankable projects and meeting their NDC targets. The Department of Energy team which attended the workshop consisted of Mr. Antony Garae, DoE Director, Mr. Chris Simelum, Scientific Officer, off-Grid, Ms Helen Tom Wilson, Finance Manager and Mr. Joseph Temakon, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Officer.