SUVA (USAID) — Energy sector leaders and stakeholders from more than ten Pacific Island countries have come together today to collaborate on project ideas and action plans that will help accelerate the transition to clean and resilient energy in the region.  

The two-day regional workshop on Accelerating Clean Energy Transitions and Resilience in Pacific Island Countries is a direct response to the outcome of the 5th Pacific Energy and Transport Ministers meeting in May. It will map pathways, resources, and expertise that will enable an accelerated transition towards zero emissions, renewable energy, and transformational investments for a resilient future.  

The workshop is funded by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) together with the Austrian Development Agency and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Some 70 participants have convened to act collaboratively in response to the Port Vila Call to Action for a Fossil Fuel Free Pacific issued earlier this year calling for a just and equitable phase out of fossil fuels in the region.  

USAID Pacific Islands Acting Mission Director, Michael Glees, in his remarks, acknowledged the presence of the diverse stakeholders, which include end user groups, utilities, government agencies, regulators, developers, universities, technology vendors, financial institutions, and development partners. 

Glees highlighted that USAID is proud to support this workshop, which promotes an inclusive and just energy transition to accelerate social and economic progress that benefits more people. 

“Building resilient energy infrastructure is crucial for the energy transition in Pacific Island countries,” said Glees. “USAID is committed to supporting a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy, here and everywhere.” 

Through this workshop, USAID is partnering with Arizona State University, the Pacific Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Global Green Growth Institute, and the University of the South Pacific to develop actionable frameworks and guides and mobilise funding for activities that promote a just and equitable transition towards a fossil fuel free Pacific. Technologies discussed in the workshop can provide resilient and backup power to critical needs in the event of grid outage, such as caused by cyclone damage…PACNEWS

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