By Rolynda Jonathan
A new $2 million dollar agreement signed at the Pacific Regional SIDS DOCK meeting in Fiji, dosage is set to help Pacific Island countries achieve renewable energy targets.
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General David Sheppard who signed the agreement says, unhealthy “the Pacific contributes only 0.03 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gases”, but the Pacific is in the frontlines of climate change impacts. In response, countries set high ambitious renewable energy targets, but Sheppard says implementation is the issue.
The new Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (or PIGGAREP) plus agreement would help island nations achieve such targets.
Programs funded under the agreement include the Sustainable Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency measure (or SREEM), a joint project in the FSM, the Marshall Islands and Palau.
The Government of Denmark provided the funds through SIDS DOCK, an initiative developed by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for SIDS to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and contribute towards sustainable development with support from UNDP and the World Bank.