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The Pacific’s transition to high-efficiency lighting

24Aug

The Pacific’s transition to high-efficiency lighting

Representatives from nine Pacific Island countries gathered in early August in Nadi, Fiji, to validate the first ever Pacific Efficient Lighting Strategy (PELS) for the region’s transition to high efficiency, environmentally-sound lighting by 2020.

“By identifying concrete policy measures to be implemented, this new efficient lighting strategy holds the potential to reduce the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, while also decreasing dependence on petroleum imports and improving livelihoods,” the Deputy Director, Energy, of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Solomone Fifita, said.

By implementing the measures identified in the strategy, the region will reduce its electricity consumption for lighting by 36 per cent per year, save the region over US$ 1.7 billion by 2030, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.6 million tonnes over the same time period.

“This strategy demonstrates Pacific leadership towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which will be adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, especially to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy,” said the Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Isabelle Louis.

The PELS Technical Validation workshop is the last of a series of regional consultations organised by SPC in collaboration with UNEP, through the UNEP – en.lighten initiative, with financial and technical support from the Australian Department of Industry and Science.

The validated strategy will be submitted for approval to the Pacific Energy Advisors Group meeting in November this year, and then presented for political endorsement during the Regional Energy Officials meeting in July 2016 in Tonga.

The PELS Technical Validation workshop will be followed by the regional steering committee meeting of the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) programme.

Participation at the PELS and PALS meetings includes governments and administrations from Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Other development partners that are also in attendance include Energy Efficient Strategies Australia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Pacific Power Association and the International Institute for Energy Conservation.

For more information, visit the Secretariat of the Pacific Community website.