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Reliable, accurate and timely data is an important prerequisite for policy development and evidence-based decision making, as well as for project design, implementation and monitoring. 

The Pacific Regional Data Repository is a Data and Information Revolution for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). It is a web-based one-stop-shop energy portal and database management system intended to support Pacific governments and their development partners working in the energy sector by facilitating access to up-to-date, reliable energy data and project information.

PRDR Journey 2009-2014

Sustainable Energy for All initiative:

The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, the UN General Assembly has declared 2014–2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All. The SE4ALL initiative has 3 interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • Ensure universal access to modern energy services
  • Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

These 3 broad objectives encompass the energy sector objectives and aspirations of all of the PICs and the same see this global initiative as an opportunity for addressing its sustainable energy development challenges.

PRDR and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative

The establishment of the PRDR supports the engagement of PICTs in the SE4ALL initiative in terms of significantly cutting down the project development time and costs, avoiding a repeat of past mistakes and efficiently replicating best practices. 

The existence of the PRDR significantly enhances the accountability of PICTs to its citizens and development partners alike. Furthermore, it enhances the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of PICTs under the SE4ALL initiative.

PRDR signed declaration 2013 - http://prdrse4all.spc.int/production/node/4/events/signing-declaration-establishing-prdr-se4all

Objectives

The primary objective of the PRDR is to support Pacific governments and their development partners working in the energy sector by facilitating access to up-to-date, reliable energy data and project information with emphasis in the following key target areas: 

  1. Document, share and store up-to-date, reliable energy data, project information and experiences.
  2. Support accountability, efficient and evidence based decision making.
  3. Support the many partners one team approach to addressing the energy security challenges of the region.
  4. Link the Pacific to the global tracking framework of the SE4ALL initiative

Our team – host and steering committee

The host and steering committee are formed under the mandate of the Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ Resolutions – Nadi 4th April 2014. Acknowledging the PRDR SE4ALL initiative, Energy Ministers’

  • agreed that SPC develop and host the PRDR pending a review to identify and confirm permanent arrangements;
  • agreed that a dedicated steering committee for the PRDR be formed to provide guidance to SPC on its development .

Under this provision and in accordance with the first steering committee decisions, SPC shall provide secretariat support andUNESCAP chair the PRDR steering committee. Other members to the steering committee participate in their capacity as technical experts.

PRDR Host Team

Name Position Email
Solomone Fifita Deputy Director Energy Programme – SPC Economic Development Division [email protected]
Frank Vukikomoala Energy Database Officer – SPC Economic Development Division [email protected]
Amali Shaw Energy Database Assistant – SPC Economic Development Division [email protected]
Dennis Higgins Applications Developer – SPC Economic Development Division [email protected]
Sachindra Singh Systems Developer – SPC Applied Geoscience Technology Division [email protected]

The steering committee

Country / agency Participant name Email
UNESCAP Iosefa Maiava (Chair) [email protected]
UNESCAP Patricia Sungmin [email protected]
UNESCAP Timothy Westbury [email protected]
PIFS Scott Hook [email protected]
Australia Mel Powell [email protected]
Tonga Akau’ola [email protected]
Tonga Inoke Vala [email protected]
Samoa Sione Foliaki [email protected]
Palau Greg Decherong [email protected]
USP Dr. Atul Aturi [email protected]
Kiribati Kireua Bureimua [email protected] / [email protected]
New Zealand Martin Mathews [email protected]
New Caledonia Bastian Morvan [email protected]
Wallis & Futuna Viane Soane Hoatau [email protected]
SPC Solomone Fifita [email protected]
SPC Frank Vukikomoala [email protected]

Lead national agency and focal points

As part of progressing the PRDR SE4ALL initiative, the political commitments by Leaders has to be translated down to the line ministries and key energy stakeholders on the ground. This is to be done by the endorsement by the respective governments of their PRDR Lead National Agency and PRDR Focal Point. To date, Samoa and Tonga have confirmed their lead agencies and focal points.

Lead national agency endorsed for the PRDR National focal point for the PRDR
Samoa Ministry of Finance Lavea Tupaimatuna Iulai Lavea (CEO)
Tonga Tonga Energy Road Map Implementation Unit Inoke Finau Vala (Director)

Country target stakeholders and data providers

Though ultimately all energy related data is to be captured by the PRDR, initially the repository will concentrate only on the data that is most important for energy development. These include the following data sources:

  • Customs offices – energy related import data looking at mineral fuels and vehicles.
  • Utilities – electricity generation data with generation broken down by generation source, energy input type, and energy technology.
  • Utilities and regulators – electricity end use by sector – residential, industrial, government, commercial, etc.
  • Fuel importers – amounts of each fuel type that is imported overall, amount bunkered, and amount sent to each island in the country
  • Fuel distributors and retailers – sale of fuels for electricity generation, sea transport, land transport, residential use, industrial use, etc. by island
  • Operators of renewable energy sources (utilities, telecoms, water systems, private sector, etc.) – energy production by solar, wind, hydro, biofuel, biomass, etc. by island.
  • National Statistics Offices – census compilations, HIES survey results, residential energy survey results, etc.
  • Ministry of Finance/Reserve Banks – GDP, import/export data by product category.

Additionally, country project documents, design documents, and post installation performance reports are also targeted for the repository so that other countries could share the concepts and better understand the challenges and successes of similar projects.

Founding partners