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IUCN's Energy Programme Overview
13 Oct 2009

IUCN's Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods (EESLI) IUCN is working to accelerate the transition to energy systems that are ecologically sustainable, socially equitable and economically efficient through its Energy, Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative. This Initiative is cross-cutting and multi-sector, coordinating work between relevant regions, thematic programmes, Commissions and Members.

EESLI in the Pacific IUCN Oceania's regional energy programme, titled Managing the Ecosystem and Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States (referred to in short as Pacific SIDS EESLI) is the Pacific component of IUCNs EESLI. The project is focused on rolling out the vision of the Initiative through:

Feasibility studies, design and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects;

Support for the projects including through the provision of management tools and institutional strengthening;

Networking with Pacific SIDS and small island states globally to share lessons learned, skills and technology.

What is the Programme about? The Pacific SIDS EESLI, with support from the governments of Italy and Austria, has established six renewable and energy efficiency projects in six Pacific Island countries. Between 2008 and 2011

IUCN Oceania will oversee the implementation of these renewable and energy efficiency projects in the following countries:

MARSHALL ISLANDS: Efficient & Renewable Public Lighting for Urban Centers Changing existing Mercury Vapor lamps, which are inefficient and have to be frequently replaced, to more efficient Light Emitting Diode lamps and installation of solar powered street lights in key public areas on Majuro and Ebeye.

PALAU: Energy Efficiency Home Loans Construction of Model Energy Homes: A unique project which helps to save money on electric bills, reduce individual and community spending on imported petroleum fuel and helps to maintain a healthy environment.

SAMOA: GHG Abatement - Energy Efficiency in the Land Transport and Electricity Sectors Aims to promote the use of non-motorised transport, the development of bio-fuel to substitute for fossil fuel and the strengthening of energy efficiency in motorised transport operations.

TONGA: Mango and Mo'unga'one Solar Electrification Project Rehabilitation of PV lighting systems in 60 households, schools, health centers, community halls and churches in two remote islands in the Hapaii Group.

TUVALU: Photovoltaic Electricity Network Integration Project Installation of PV systems to be incorporated into the existing diesel system grid that supply power to the outer islands and installation of solar street lights for outer islands.

VANUATA: Renewable Energy Projects The project has three components: 1 Wind: installation of wind monitoring systems in each of the six Provinces. 2 Solar: rehabilitation and installation of solar PV equipment on two main islands – Santo and Malekula 3 Hydro: development of a mini-hydro on Talise river for rural electrification

Key Benefits for Pacific Island States Overall, these projects are expected to reduce the impacts of climate change, as they are designed to reduce the reliance on fossil fuel consumption particularly for electricity generation.

Production of renewable energy means producing more of our own energy at home, which means our energy supply, will be more secure.

Creation of new business and employment opportunities for energy efficient products and services thus contributing directly to poverty alleviation.

Reduction in importation of fossil fuels thus helping to reduce prices across the economy.

Distribution of locally produced renewable energy particularly in rural and remote areas where it is often difficult and expensive to distribute and transmit energy from fossil fuels.

FOR MORE INFORMATION For further information on IUCN Oceania's Energy project, please visit our website IUCN Oceania

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