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Low Carbon - Energy Islands: Accelerating the Use of Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies in Tuvalu, Niue and Nauru

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Submitted by Amali Shaw on August 24, 2016 - 3:06pm
Project Information
Project Level: 
Sub-regional
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Year: 
2011
End Year: 
2014

Low Carbon Islands Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu are the smallest states in the Pacific and unlike their larger neighbours – have been practically 100% dependent on imported fossil fuels for their energy needs in recent decades, particularly for transport and electricity production. As a consequence supply cost for all imported items tend to be higher than anywhere else. Low Carbon Islands, a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and executed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Oceania Regional Office (IUCN ORO) in coordination with the national goverments of Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu. 

Innovative and inclusive, the project is designed to work with households and local businesses to build sustainable markets for renewable energy and energy efficient products.

The project has three components. First is to review the strategic direction for the energy sector, identifying cost-effective and practical options, and building partnerships. Second is financial incentives, to motivate participation in the market for renewables and energy-efficient equipment. The third and final component addresses issues of sustainability, through capacity building and knowledge sharing that will maximise the benefits of the financial incentives.

This project aims to change behaviour towards energy use and help people make wise energy choices.

Increasing participation in energy markets can be as simple as choosing more efficient appliances, or installing solar PV on the roof of houses. With the right information and incentives, this can bring a sustainable market to the islands.

Type of Funding: 
Grant Aid
Comment: 
Co-financing from Govt. In-kind, aid agencies, private sector and NGOs totalling 2065000 USD

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