News from Southeast Asia and the Pacific

COP16 wrap-up:

Was Cancún a success?

Dr. Marianne Osterkorn, REEEP’s Director General attended the Cancún conference and was recently quizzed on her thoughts about the outcome. >> Read the interview

COP16 side event: discussing the transition to a low carbon energy future

Entitled “Finance to push forward clean technology: a forum for business and policy-makers”, this COP16 side event organised by REEEP and IETA brought together a range of prominent figures from governments, multilateral organisations and the private sector for a panel discussion moderated by Henry Derwent, the CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association. >> Read the talks summary

Energy-efficient buildings: the no-brainer for mitigating climate change

Buildings are responsible for 40% of final energy use in most countries. Clearly, energy-efficient building design, construction and retrofits are all vital in meeting the climate change challenge. Against this background, the REEEP-EEC organised side event to the COP16 proceedings in Cancún “Energy-efficient buildings: the no-brainer for mitigating climate change” brought together key architects and developers to offer concrete ideas for taking action.>> Read more

What the agreement is about

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, which took place from 29 November-11 December 2010, concluded with agreement on a package of decisions. The Cancún Agreements include decisions under both the Convention and Protocol negotiating tracks, and contain provisions on adaptation, REDD+, technology, mitigation and finance. >> Read more >> Read the UNFCCC press release

Policy Developments:

New edition of the SERN policy review

The fifth edition of the SERN policy and regulation energy review has been released. This energy database outlines the latest policy frameworks, regulatory institutions and mechanisms relevant to renewable energy and energy efficiency, country by country. >> Read more >> Access the on-line database

Suva host to international talks on PICs’ energy future

REEEP travelled to Fiji in early December to participate in the International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change and to the consultation on the implementation plan for energy security in the Pacific. >> Read more

“Mapping Exercise of Energy Efficient Products”: APEC report released

The project report, “Reducing Trade Barriers for Environmental Goods & Services in APEC region (Mapping Exercise of Energy Efficient Products)”, provides a preliminary analysis of divergence and convergence among APEC economies with regard to energy-efficient product standards and labeling (S&L) and testing and measurement procedures. >> Read report

Project Developments:

Low-carbon tourism in Fiji

During the Cancun conference, Fiji’s acting Environment permanent secretary Saverio Baleikanacea was quoted in the Fiji Times as saying that “the proposed Fijian Hotel Clean Development Program will be a world first for the tourism sector.” This REEEP-funded project with the Greenlight Technology Group aims to create an alliance of stakeholders in Fiji’s hotels and resorts sector to widen the uptake of renewable energy. >> Read more >> Read theFiji Times article >> Read about the project

Launch of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands

Following six months of planning, and intensive workshops and meetings with renewable energy companies, agencies and institutions in the Pacific Islands region, the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands (SEIAPI) was launched with the first meeting of the executive committee being held in Guam on the 24 and 25 November. The association aims to foster sustainable energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency) use in the Pacific region. >> Read more >> Read about the project

Standards and appliance labeling study

The feasibility study covering a situational analysis on the impact of introducing a standard and appliance labeling programme for Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga has been completed. >> Read more >> Download report

Finance:

UNIDO to work with Korea International Cooperation Agency to transfer green technologies toCambodia

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have entered into an agreement to cooperate to facilitate the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies to Cambodia. >> Read the UNIDO press release

Business:

Business models for energy access

The ETC Foundation recently published a report on Business Models for Energy Access under its Enabling Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) project. The report provides an overview of 26 business models for energy access projects and markets. >> Read report

Energy for All:

E+Co a finalist for Zayed Future Energy Prize

The Zayed Future Energy Prize today announced that E+Co has been selected as one of six finalists for this prestigious prize, which honors and rewards individuals, companies, or organizations that are tackling pressing energy issues.  The winner, as well as two runners-up, will be announced in Abu Dhabi on January 18th during the World Future Energy Summit. >> Read more

“Poor people’s energy outlook 2010” released

Right now, half the world’s population have no access to modern energy. ‘Business as usual’ projections show that the situation will be the same in 20 years time. The Poor people’s energy outlook 2010 seeks to highlight this injustice as a first step to ending it. It presents the perspective of those living in energy poverty and those for whom energy access has been life changing. >> Read more and download report

“Rural poverty report 2011” released

The International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD) has released the “rural poverty report 2011”. >> Download report

Country Spotlight – Samoa

Samoa Energy Review – 2009

The Samoan Ministry of Finance released Samoa’s Energy Review for 2009, which was compiled with the assistance of SPC. >> Read more >> Download report

REEEP projects in Samoa

Information:

Job vacancy in Kiribati

The government of Kiribati is looking for a long-term technical adviser to work on the EU-funded EDF10 Solar Energy Project. Interested Experts must submit their application letters and CV not later than 24 January 2010at abeiatau@mfep.gov.ki >> Read more

Resco Manager Software

Version 3.3. of Resco Manager is now available on-line. Resco Manager is an open source and web-based software application for the management of the technical, financial and logistical aspects of rural electrification projects. Download the software here.

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