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Pacific-First Centre Of Excellence For Renewable Energy Takes Shape

The Pacific Islands will soon have a regional centre of excellence in renewable energy and energy efficiency to support efforts to boost the adoption of a possible renewable energy and
20 Jun 2015 09:01
Pacific-First Centre Of Excellence For Renewable Energy Takes Shape

The Pacific Islands will soon have a regional centre of excellence in renewable energy and energy efficiency to support efforts to boost the adoption of a possible renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across the region.
Talks on the hosting arrangement for the centre were in progress this week at the Vienna Energy Forum and are being held by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Austria.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will provide an update on behalf of the Pacific delegation on progress to establish the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the forum.
While Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa are leading the way with large-scale hydropower projects, there is enormous potential to expand the deployment of other renewable energy options such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean-based energy sources.
Renewable energy currently represents less than 10 per cent of total energy use in the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.
The Pacific centre will work towards the creation of an enabling environment for regional renewable energy and energy efficiency markets by mitigating existing barriers.
In particular it will focus on building capacity, knowledge management and awareness in the region, as well as on business and investment promotion.
The Pacific centre is a follow-up to collaboration between SPC and UNIDO on a strategic programme for scaling up renewable energy markets in targeted Small Island Developing States in the Pacific.




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