The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouses initiative (LHI) is a framework for action to support SIDS in the transformation from a predominantly fossil-based to a renewables-based and resilient energy system. The initiative addresses all elements of the energy transition, from policy and market frameworks to technology options and capacity building. Lighthouses brings together 36 SIDS as well as 24 other partners, including regional and international organisations, development agencies, private companies, research institutes and non-profit organisations. IRENA is the coordinator and facilitator of the initiative.
In the framework of the initiative, SIDS partners have gained access, among other aspects, to:
Launched at the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014, the initial LHI targets for 2020 have been met and exceeded ahead of schedule. Taking into consideration the commitments of SIDS and development partners, and the evolution of the energy context, new priority areas and target have been identified and endorsed by partners in a high-level meeting held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2018.
The new priority areas of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative are:
Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cuba, Comoros, Cook Islands, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Denmark, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation, Clean Energy Solutions Center, Clinton Climate Initiative, ENEL, European Union, Indian Ocean Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Pacific Islands Development Forum, Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room, Solar Head of State, Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank
The strong political commitment of SIDS and the remarkable cost reductions in technologies such as solar PV and onshore wind, coupled with the support of a wide range of partners, have made renewables an affordable solution for countries with limited financing and technical capabilities. Learn more about the current state of renewables and related information in SIDS.
Small Island Developing States: Renewable Ambition in Pursuit of Climate Change Adaptation
10 December 2019 | 10 December 2019 | Madrid, Spain
According to opening remarks by IRENA’s Director for Knowledge, Policy and Finance Rabia Ferroukhi, the energy targets for 2020 were reached already in 2017, three years ahead of schedule. Following extensive consultations, a new target was set for 5 GW of new capacity by 2023, forming the basis of a new SIDS climate package announced in September 2019 at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit. Ferroukhi said: “The energy transition cannot be viewed in isolation from the broader socio-economic structures it is built upon and upon which its long-term sustainability depends. Profound systemic changes are required to ensure a fair and just transition, one that leaves no one behind.”
Building Capacity on Bankable Power Purchase Agreements in Pacific Islands
26 November 2019 | 26 November 2019 | Fiji
Committing private capital to the deployment of renewable energy projects in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been the focus of a roundtable that kicked off on Monday 25 November 2019 in Nadi, Fiji. The capacity building roundtable on the design of bankable power purchase agreements in the Pacific SIDS was organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the Pacific Power Association, Pacific Community, Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. The event was opened by Pacific Power Association Executive Director, Mr Andrew Daka and IRENA’s Programme Officer, SIDS Lighthouses, Ms Arieta Gonelevu Rakai.
SIDS Lighthouses Initiative is supported and coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency.
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