News from South East Asia and Pacific (Mai 2010)

Find below the most interesting news from the last months from South East Asia and the Pacific on “Policy Developments”, “Project Developments “, “Access to finance” and “Information and Tools”:

Policy Developments

  • Australian Government requested REEEP to develop an end-use energy efficiency strategy for the Pacific region
    REEEP has developed a draft discussion paper, funded by the Australian Government, for an End-use Equipment Energy Efficiency Strategy for the Pacific region. Please download the draft discussion paper here. We welcome your comments. >> download the strategy here
  • Tonga Energy Roadmap completed
    The need for private sector engagement was demonstrated during the recently completed Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM) 2010-2020 process. A successful intervention was undertaken by REEEP to include a provision for private sector engagement in the clean energy sector in Tonga. >> read more about the TERM here
  • Moving Beyond Copenhagen – A Small Island State’s Perspective
    Ian Fry, International Environmental Officer of the Government of Tuvalu gives his view on the way forward after Tuvalu came to Copenhagen with the aim of “sealing the deal.” >> read more

Project Developments

  • Energy Globe award for REEEP project in Solomon Islands
    REEEP’s first funded Pacific project has recently been awarded the Energy Globe Award for the Solomon Islands. This Pacific Micro Energy Service Companies project is providing solar energy and efficient lighting systems in rural houses in Solomon Islands and Kiribati using an innovative financing model. The project established a Micro Credit Facility utilising local Cash-for-Crop centres, thus transforming crops grown by farmers into instalments for solar home systems. Further funding has been leveraged from the Solomon Islands’ government and the World Bank to an additional 600 households, an 18-fold increase on the original project’s 35 households. Beyond this, another 1400 households are interested in the solar PV home systems, pending further financing. >> read the article
  • Low-carbon Tourism Projects gains traction at TIDES conference in Samoa
    REEEP made a joint presentation with Greenlight Technology Group about the Low-Carbon Tourism project that is currently being implemented in Fiji. The presentation fostered interest from Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa for a similar approach in their respective countries. >> read the article “Tourism plan gives Fiji’s carbon footprint the boot”
  • Pacific Renewable Energy and Microfinance Project (PREM) conducts Market Needs Analysis Training for MFIs
    Three microfinance institutions (MFIs) and one credit union attended a workshop “Market Needs Analysis Training” in Suva, Fiji. The workshop assisted the MFIs in completing their Market Needs Analysis of renewable energy and energy efficiency needs of their clients, particularly in research techniques for Focus Group Discussions. >> read more
  • REP5 video online
    The video “Solar in Paradise” about the PV installations in the outer islands of Micronesia is now online on YouTube in six parts. >> click here to watch Part I
  • Vanuatu takes charge of delivering clean
    Two recent innovations have garnered a lot of attention for the way they empower women. One is microcredit, a system of lending to very poor people, the majority of whom are female micro-entrepreneurs who are thus helped to climb out of poverty. The other is the mobile phone. >> read more here

    John Salong, director of the Vanuatu Women’s Development Scheme (VANWODS), a non-government microfinance group, and David Stein, the founder of Vanuatu Renewable Energy and Power Association (VANREPA), have married the two – via selling solar lanterns with phone chargers. This without donor finance. >> visit VANREPA’s website

Access to Finance

  • AusAID: Improving poor people’s access to financial services
    A new strategy will help poor people improve their way of life through increased access to crucial financial services, increasingly being seen as important to reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. >> read more and >> download the strategy here
  • Energy for All launches new website
    Energy for All announced new exciting features on the E4ALL website. The website has been revamped into an interactive platform which allows people to actively get involved with the Partnership, including a number of
    E4ALL discussion forums, case studies database and a stakeholder repository. >>visit the new website here
  • Climate Investment Fund Partnership Forum
    The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) was created in 2009 to foster investment flows into developing countries in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. The CIF is being administered by the World Bank. In March 2010, the CIF Partnership Forum was held in Manila. A number of issues relating to clean energy financing and private sector participation were highlighted. >>read more here

Information and Tools

  • New Zealand Government updated its website on the Clean Development Mechanism
    The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment website provides background information on the Clean Development Mechanism; Benefits and opportunities through CDM; Trading CERs; Key criteria of CDM projects; Approval for a CDM project; and NZ Government CDM support & links to other information.  The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) allows developed countries, or companies within those countries, to invest in projects that either reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon in forests in developing countries. CDM projects generate carbon credits called Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). The CERs are transferred to the investing developed country or company and are used to help meet greenhouse gas emission targets.
  • North-facing passive office buildings and other unexpected innovations
    An ultra-efficient office building in Manchester, England actually has its glass façade facing north because even in some colder climates, over the course of a year office buildings have a greater need for cooling than for heating. This was one of many interesting points made at REEEP’s EU Sustainable Energy Week event in Brussels on 25 March 2010, entitled Making energy efficiency in buildings happen. >> read the article
  • The EU and ACPs reach a new agreement on climate change
    The European Commission and the 79 States of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) group have concluded the second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which sets the framework for their cooperation. The revision aims to adapt the Agreement to today’s challenges, such as climate change. >> read more
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