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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to boost clean energy for Pacific region

Renewable resources are a competitive, low-cost alternative for fossil fuels for the Pacific, and some inspiring renewable energy goals are being set. 

Today’s meeting – which included six Heads of State and IRENA Members in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – discussed IRENA’s proposed role in accelerating its deployment, opportunities for collaboration with
other stakeholders and development partners, and provided guidance on IRENA’s new proposals, ensuring that they accord with the Pacific Leaders’ policy goals and priorities.

IRENA meeting heralds new Regional Energy Era (Wam) Khaleej Times, 13 January 2012 ABU DHABI - A Pacific Leader’s Meeting held on Friday in Abu Dhabi by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in advance of its Second Assembly, (January 14-15), issued a public communique confirming the Agency’s proposed work activities to accelerate renewable energy deployment in this important region, which is currently heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

“The Pacific Region is an area where volatile fuel prices, long and
costly supply routes and relatively small energy markets have resulted
in high costs and limited access to energy,” said IRENA
Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “Renewable resources are a
competitive, low-cost alternative for fossil fuels for the Pacific,
and some inspiring renewable energy goals are being set. Some States
are aiming for 100% renewable power supply, while others plan to
balance their increased use of renewable against substantial
reductions in fuel imports.”

Today’s meeting – which included six Heads of State and IRENA Members
in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati,
Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – discussed IRENA’s proposed role
in accelerating its deployment, opportunities for collaboration with
other stakeholders and development partners, and provided guidance on
IRENA’s new proposals, ensuring that they accord with the Pacific
Leaders’ policy goals and priorities.

In the communiqu? the leaders welcomed IRENA’s activities and agreed
to work with the Agency to map the renewable energy readiness of the
region’s countries and territories to measure opportunities for
implementation and identify pathways to close any gaps. They also
action on creating a common up-to-date information platform; tackling
grid stability issues; fostering a sustainable renewable energy
market; conducting capacity building initiatives and making a special
assessment of the region’s renewable energy, land use and water
resources nexus.

“Limited land and water resources, the isolation of many communities
and the high cost of polluting fossils have long been a barrier to the
region’s economic growth,” added Prime Minister Henry Puna of the Cook
Islands. “At the same time our region includes some of the nations
most threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. With
IRENA as our partner we can liberate local innovation and industry,
bring electricity and light to remote villages, and balance energy
costs. We welcome IRENA’s assistance in helping our Pacific island
countries realise their full potential as they make the transition to
a renewable’s based future…… Encouraging the regional development
of renewable energy has been a priority for IRENA since its first
Assembly in April 2011. This meeting followed on a groundbreaking
workshop in Sydney last October, and the Agency’s publication of
Renewable Energy Country Profiles for the Pacific Region.
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January 14, 2012 - Posted by | OCEANIA, renewable

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