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Our Plan: Be Energy Efficient By 2030

Work on achieving our target of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 30 per cent has gathered momentum. Stakeholders met on Wednesday in Suva to discuss Fiji’s plans to achieve its
29 Jul 2017 11:00
Our Plan: Be Energy Efficient By 2030
Participants discuss Fiji’s plans to achieve its National Determined Contribution (NDC) target in the energy sector at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva on July 28, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Economy

Work on achieving our target of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 30 per cent has gathered momentum.

Stakeholders met on Wednesday in Suva to discuss Fiji’s plans to achieve its National Determined Contribution (NDC) target in the energy sector.

To reach this benchmark Fiji hopes to achieve close to 100 per cent renewable electrical energy and have general improvements in energy efficiency across the whole economy by 2030.

This is the Fijian commitment to the Paris Agreement.

 

Greenhouse gas emissions?

The man-made (or anthropogenic) component of the greenhouse effect is caused by man’s activities that emit greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The most important of these is the burning of fossil fuels.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions from the sector, but smaller amounts of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are also emitted. These gases are released during the combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, to produce electricity.

According to the United Nations, GHGs have risen to levels 50 per cent higher than in 1990.

Government officials and the private sector and civil society representatives conferred over methods to map Fiji’s road ahead in implementing the plans at a consultation workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The Ministry of Economy, with assistance from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), is taking the lead in formulating a strategy to help Fiji achieve its objectives.

 

Roadmap

“GGGI is assisting the Government of Fiji to develop a NDC Roadmap which will enhance the Government of Fiji’s ability to implement its NDC target by mapping out and quantifying the key interventions necessary in the power and other sectors,” GGGI said in a statement.

“The development plans would support country-driven processes and advance integration into national planning, promoting and aligning long-term climate action and development.

“Overall the Roadmap will support country-driven processes and enhance integration into national planning, promote long-term climate action and align development and climate change, improve coordination and support multi-stakeholder engagement.”

 

Sustainable development goals

These efforts represent the nation’s ultimate endeavour to meet Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), around which the country’s COP presidency is centred.

Fiji would have the backing of GGGI through this monumental task, the organisation’s Pacific Regional Representative Katerina Syngellakis confirmed.

Ms Syngellakis said: “GGGI’s role is to assist member countries, like Fiji, to develop policies, planning frameworks and roadmaps, such as the NDC Roadmap.

“The recent renewable energy projects in Nadarivatu, Nabou and Taveuni are just some examples of existing projects which are already contributing to GHG emissions reductions.”

Earlier this month Volvo historically pledged to halt the production of cars powered by internal combustion engines and switch to permanently making battery-powered cars from 2019, with many large firms following suit.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

Feedback:  sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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