Events

Upcoming Events

Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS) Regional Consultative Workshop: Provision of Development of the progress indicators and impact measures of the implementation of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative Priority Areas

11 – 13 March 2024 | Victoria, Seychelles

The primary objective of the inaugural regional consultation workshop in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS) region is to introduce and solicit feedback on the draft progress indicators and impact measures developed for the implementation of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI). The workshop aims to achieve consensus on the significance of participating in and reporting on the progress of the SIDS LHI, enhance the reporting competencies of participants, secure agreement on a set of shortlisted indicators and impact measures pertaining to the initiative’s twelve priority areas, and facilitate the sharing of experiences related to reporting challenges and capacity requirements.

Targeted participants include representatives from government ministries, the public sector, development partners, financial institutions, and other pertinent stakeholders in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS) Small Island Developing States responsible for overseeing the energy transition and monitoring progress within international frameworks.

Caribbean Region Consultative Workshop: Provision of Development of the progress indicators and impact measures of the implementation of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative Priority Areas

26 February – 1 March 2024 | Kingston, Jamaica

The primary objective of the inaugural regional consultation workshop in the Caribbean region is to introduce and solicit feedback on the draft progress indicators and impact measures developed for the implementation of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI). The workshop aims to achieve consensus on the significance of participating in and reporting on the progress of the SIDS LHI, enhance the reporting competencies of participants, secure agreement on a set of shortlisted indicators and impact measures pertaining to the initiative’s twelve priority areas, and facilitate the sharing of experiences related to reporting challenges and capacity requirements.

Targeted participants include representatives from government ministries, the public sector, development partners, financial institutions, and other pertinent stakeholders in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States responsible for overseeing the energy transition and monitoring progress within international frameworks.

Past Events

Solomon Islands Drives Action with Plans to Increase Renewables Use

6 February 2024 | Honiara, Solomon Islands

The Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA): Solomon Islands undertaken by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE), through the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouses Initiative (LHI) finds that renewable energy presents multifaceted opportunities to improve the quality of life and to reduce fossil fuels dependence in Solomon Islands.

The report was launched today in Honiara in front of high-level representatives from the government, development partners and other key stakeholders. The Assessment highlights the untapped potential of renewables coupled with energy efficiency interventions and other innovative solutions can offer the country significantly cheaper alternatives to imported fossil fuels. Currently, 0.34 MW of solar energy capacity and 4.13 MW of hydropower already contribute to the country’s energy mix.

During the same event, IRENA launched the addition of selected area in Honiara to the SolarCity Simulator through a training and awareness workshop with stakeholders. The SolarCity Simulator is an online platform that allows its users – homeowners, investors, and authorities – to assess the technical and financial viability of installing solar photovoltaics (PV) on buildings. The free tool allows users to test different system designs, policy instruments and incentive schemes to deploy rooftop solar PV, that could lead to potential economic savings and social-environmental benefits.

Read more about the event here.

Small Island Developing States Just and Equitable Energy Transition towards Climate-Resilient Future

Tuesday 5 December 2023, 13:30-15:00 | Al Waha Room, Blue Zone, Dubai, UAE
The high-level event will focus on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) just energy transition taking into consideration:
  • Holistic decarbonization and sustainable development strategies, appropriate financing and regulatory frameworks that will facilitate a resilient and just transition.
  • Complementing the global stocktake, highlight SIDS progress and impacts on energy transition efforts in SIDS as aligned to the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative twelve priority areas.
  • SIDS perspectives on the operationalisation of the Loss and Damage Fund.
  • Discussions on the focus and priorities of SIDS LHI 3.0 (green hydrogen, ocean and offshore renewables, nexus points, aggregation of regional projects, lives and livelihoods) in the lead up to the 4th International Conference on SIDS in Antigua and Barbuda in 2024 and the SIDS LHI 10th Anniversary.
Speakers will include:
  • SIDS Leaders including Heads of State and Government, Ministers responsible for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  • Developed Countries who are partners of the SIDS LHI – United Arab Emirates, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, France
  • Development Partners such as the Green Climate Fund, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Asian Development Bank
  • Regional Organisations such as the Pacific Community, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Representatives of other relevant regional and international organisations, development and multilateral agencies, financing institutions, private companies, research institutes and non-profit organisations that are partners of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative.
As aligned with the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative priority areas, the event will focus on:
  • Promoting all renewable energy resources including geothermal and ocean technology, energy efficiency, green hydrogen, battery storage, transport.
  • Linking RE uptake to climate resilience and disaster recovery.
  • Reinforcing nexus points between renewables and non-energy sectors (agri-food, health, water, tourism, fisheries, education, ICT) for broad socio-economic development (SMEs and entrepreneurship, job creation, gender equality, youth and women's empowerment).
SIDS LHI, being a partnership initiative will coordinate closely with the Alliance of Small Island States, SIDS DOCK and other SIDS focused initiatives on just energy transition.

7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency (RESEE2023)

12 – 14 October 2023 | Nicosia, Cyprus

The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), with the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, and Industry (MECI) of Cyprus and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will be co-organising the 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency (RESEE2023) to share best practices, lessons learned and opportunities to accelerate the deployment of Renewable Energy (RE) technologies and highlighting the importance of Energy Efficiency in Cyprus and similar economies, to emphasise the significance of energy diversification for energy security.

RESEE2023 will be held on 12-14 of October 2023 at the Hilton Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus following six successful conferences, since 2007. The topics that will be covered in the conference will include but not limited to renewable energy sources and technologies, long term energy planning and RE Roadmap towards Cyprus’ National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), Geothermal for heating and cooling, island and regional cooperation, island tourism, digitalization and blockchain technology, energy supply security, e-mobility and smart charging for electric vehicles, energy communities and active consumers, energy efficiency, green buildings, weather forecasting, rural electrification, energy markets, desalination solutions for islands, green hydrogen and battery storage amongst others.

Read more about this event here.

Assessment of solar photovoltaic potential for installing rooftop solar PV systems

5 October 2023 | São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

In order to assess the potential for installing rooftop solar PV systems in São Tomé, IRENA, with support from UNDP, has developed the SolarCity simulator for a selected area in the city. The SolarCity simulator is an online platform that allows its users (homeowner, investor, and authorities) to assess the technical and financial viability of installing solar PV on building by testing different system designs, policy instruments, and incentive schemes that could lead to potential economic savings and social-environmental benefits.

IRENA’s SolarCity simulator is a cost-effective approach that relies on site-specific solar resource data, 3D building footprints obtained from satellite images, a robust power generation model to calculate hourly and annual electricity production, and a simplified financial model to establish a range of economic indicators, such as payback (to equity), EIRR and total income for the development of specific rooftop solar PV project.

The session will cover presentations on methodology for developing the simulator with a demonstration. There will be presentations from UNDP and International Solar Alliance (ISA), and interventions from the country and African Development bank sharing their expert opinion and best practices.

Validation workshop: Sector Assessment on electrification of healthcare facilities

4 October 2023 | São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

The health sector in São Tomé and Príncipe is highly vulnerable to significant power shortages with periods of lengthy blackouts. All the health facilities in the country are connected to the grid, however, the power supply is highly unreliable. Back-up systems are inadequate, with only the main healthcare facilities benefiting from back-up diesel generators – even in those cases, severe diesel shortages make those limited back-up options unreliable.

The energy and health care challenges have spurred the Government’s interest in creating an environment for investments in the energy sector in general and in special in the renewable energy sector, particularly in critical sectors such as health care. Interventions in this sector will moreover enable the country to face the rising impact of climatic disasters better and address their energy transition towards sustainable growth.

In response to the support request received from São Tomé and Príncipe on the deployment of renewable energy solutions for its healthcare facilities, IRENA, with support from UNDP, SELCO Foundation and the local consultant, has conducted a detailed country assessment analyzing the current energy-health infrastructure, and has come up with the technical designs, cost estimates for renewable-based power interventions. The assessment also presents the options for O&M models and makes recommendations on energy-efficient appliances and built environments. Now that the draft of the report on the electrification of healthcare facilities has been completed, IRENA with support from UNDP is organising a validation workshop to present findings from the two workstream. The workshop will be organized in a hybrid format.

Desired outcomes:

  • Wide dissemination of the key findings of the conducted assessments for electrification of healthcare facilities, including necessary steps and cost estimates for the solutions to be applied to other healthcare facilities, as well as a more energy-efficient delivery of healthcare services and building design, and
  • First steps for establishing a coalition of stakeholders in the country to carry out the steps and recommendations included in the conducted assessment

Pacific Region Consultative Workshop: Provision of Development of the progress indicators and impact measures of the implementation of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative Priority Areas

25 – 27 September 2023 | Nadi, Fiji

The primary objective of the inaugural regional consultation workshop in the Pacific region is to introduce and solicit feedback on the draft progress indicators and impact measures developed for the implementation of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI). The workshop aims to achieve consensus on the significance of participating in and reporting on the progress of the SIDS LHI, enhance the reporting competencies of participants, secure agreement on a set of shortlisted indicators and impact measures pertaining to the initiative's twelve priority areas, and facilitate the sharing of experiences related to reporting challenges and capacity requirements.

Targeted participants include representatives from government ministries, the public sector, development partners, financial institutions, and other pertinent stakeholders in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) responsible for overseeing the energy transition and monitoring progress within international frameworks.

Read more about this event here.

Moving beyond the status quo: Actions towards accelerating SIDS Energy Transition to Strengthen Climate Resilience

20 September 2023 | The Westin New York Grand Central, New York, USA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, is hosting a high-level event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The event aims to showcase SIDS' NDC implementation achievements, identify and prioritize energy transition actions and gaps across mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and contribute to preparations for COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2023.

This event seeks to catalyze the development of concrete action plans, commitments, and partnerships to close the financing, technology, capacity, and knowledge gaps essential for SIDS to accelerate their progress towards achieving climate targets and transitioning to sustainable and resilient energy systems. It provides a platform for high-level representatives from governments, regional and international development partners, and other stakeholders to share insights on innovative financing, technological solutions, and partnerships that have proven effective and can be replicated in advancing climate action and energy transition projects within SIDS. Join us in driving meaningful change towards a sustainable and resilient future for Small Island Developing States.

Read more about this event here.

IRENA-Caribbean Cooperation for Fostering Energy Transition Investments and Finance

30 – 1 June 2023 | Barbados

The Government of Barbados and IRENA, through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, in association with Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator and Caribbean Development Bank, co-hosted an event on the IRENA-Caribbean Cooperation for fostering Energy Transition Investments and Finance to bring together key stakeholders in the Caribbean region towards accelerating energy transition investments, moving beyond pledges to action and closing the financing gap.

Find more here.

Island Finance Forum 2023 - Financing the Renewable Energy Transition in Islands

18 – 20 April 2023 | Virtual
The Island Finance Forum brings together senior financiers, development partners and regulators to share and exchange expertise on sustainable and inclusive financial structures in island communities.  SIDS LHI participated in the session on Financing the Renewable Energy Transition in Islands. Follow the link to find out how untapped renewable energy potential in the Pacific can support the people and economy and what opportunities exist for the Pacific. 

Watch the session on Financing the Renewable Energy Transition in Islands.

The Island Finance Forum aims to highlight the unique financial challenges faced by global island communities and the solutions for sustainable economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world. The Island Finance Forum will bridge the gap between sustainable development practitioners and financial stakeholders; help island stakeholders access expert knowledge and financial opportunities available to them; and showcase the economic opportunities available from investing in the sustainability sector on islands – particularly impact investing and ESG.

Find out more about the Island Finance Forum 2023

Pacific Regional Capacity Building on Energy Management and Energy Audit

27 February – 03 March 2023 | Nadi, Fiji

Pacific SIDS have prioritised energy efficiency and conservation in various sectors in order to reduce carbon emissions, including strengthening the capacity of its citizens to undertake energy assessments of their homes and businesses, to identify cost saving measures and to reduce their energy consumption. Through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, and in collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) and the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Meteorological Services of Government of Fiji, IRENA hosted a five-day training event to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific SIDS Energy Offices to conduct energy assessments to better manage their energy consumption. 

This five-day training event was designed to address to following issues:

  • identify various cost-effective options and solutions for optimizing energy production and consumption,
  • conduct and evaluate an energy audit in existing buildings and facilities in various sectors, 
  • plan for the implementation of the findings and the development of action plans to continually improve and sustain energy performance over time.      

It also provided a forum for national stakeholders from various sectors to identify and discuss challenges and opportunities to improve energy efficiency policies and programs at both the national and regional levels.

View the agenda below:

Pacific Regional Capacity Building on Energy Management and Energy Audit Agenda


You may access the materials from the event below:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


Read more about Energy Security and Resilience in the Pacific:

1. Framework for Energy Security and Resilience in the Pacific (FESRIP): 2021-2030 Volume 1: The Framework

2. Framework for Energy Security and Resilience in the Pacific (FESRIP): 2021-2030 Final Report Volume 2: Issues and Background Papers

Virtual Training Workshop on Climate Financing for Small Island Developing States

27 February – 01 March 2023 | Virtual
The 2023 hosting of the Virtual Training Workshop on Climate Financing for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) co-organised by the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Green Climate Fund was held on February 27th to March 1 2023 with an aim of promoting renewable energy deployment in SIDS through building capacity to access climate finance.

Government officials from the SIDS Regions (Caribbean, Pacific and the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Seas regions) were invited to this workshop series to deepen their understanding of the requirements and procedures of various climate financing schemes, as well as to introduce various climate solutions and technology options applicable in SIDS context. Main activities included the development of concept notes and the refinement of project proposals for submission to the Green Climate Fund, Climate Investment Platform and the Energy Transition Accelerator Financing Platform (ETAF) for funding opportunities.

You may view the recordings of Day 1 to 3 through the links below: 

Day 1 of Virtual Training Workshop on Climate Financing for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 

Day 2 of Virtual Training Workshop on Climate Financing for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Day 3 of Virtual Training Workshop on Climate Financing for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

 

SIDS Ministerial at the Thirteenth IRENA General Assembly

13 January 2023 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

IRENA held a SIDS ministerial meeting on the pre-Assembly day of its 13th General Assembly to present an update on the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative's progress toward the realisation of the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway, Paris Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals. 

Read more about this event here

Watch the ministerial here

Learn more about the Thirteenth General Assembly

Capacity Building on Design of Bankable Power Purchase Agreements in Caribbean Small Island Developing States​

28 November 2022 | 02 December 2022 | St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA presented this capacity building event which aims to enhance the capability of policymakers, power utilities and regulators to design and negotiate bankable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), with the final goal of securing an effective commitment of private capital for the deployment of renewable energy projects in the Caribbean SIDS.

This week-long capacity building event included roundtables on the first day in which Caribbean SIDS and partners provided their perspectives on policy and regulatory frameworks, renewable energy development, financing and implementation as well as highlighting some of the success stories, best practices and the lessons learned over the years in developing and implementing bankable power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy projects and increased participation of independent power producers (IPPs) in the energy sector. The remaining four days were focussed on training the participants in designing bankable power purchase agreements, utilising the PPA model that was specifically designed for SIDS. Training was provided by COWI.

The event brought together eighteen participants from Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago as well as representatives from regional institutions and the private sector, including the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Reykjavik Geothermal also joined to provide their perspectives on supporting SIDS energy transition efforts, increasing private sector participation in SIDS energy sector.

Materials from this event are available below:

Introduction and Objectives 

PPA Negotiation in the Eastern Caribbean

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Geothermal as an Integral Energy Solution in SIDS

29 September 2022 | 01 October 2022 | San Salvador, El Salvador
The Second High-Level Conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance took place over three days in El Salvador. The conference was preceded by a pre-day of side events on various topics relevant to geothermal development. In this regard, IRENA through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and the Global Geothermal Alliance organised a side event to promote Geothermal as an Integral Energy Solution in SIDS. 

The event included a fire-side chat on Building a Thriving Geothermal Market in the SIDS, followed by a panel discussion on Accelerating Geothermal Development in SIDS.

Hosted by the Government of El Salvador, through the Rio Lempa Hydroelectric Executive Commission (CEL) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in collaboration with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), the Second High-Level Conference of the GGA was attended by over 120 high-level public, intergovernmental, non-governmental and private sector representatives committed to promoting and scaling up the development of geothermal applications globally. During the event, the countries endorsed the San Salvador Declaration, which reaffirmed the political commitment and the need to work together to foster geothermal development across the world.

Learn more about this side-event, the Conference and the role of geothermal here.

Energy Management and Energy Audits in SIDS

22 June 2022 | 23 June 2022

Several SIDS has prioritised energy efficiency and conservation in various sectors including strengthening the capacity of its citizens to undertake energy assessments of their homes and businesses, to identify cost saving measures and to reduce their energy consumption. In particular, emphasis is also being placed on the active engagement of young people in the energy transition as they are key actors in raising awareness as well as driving social change, innovation and environmental protection.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI) organised this two day webinar targeting homeowners, students, youth and other participants, with the aim aims to provide an introduction to energy conservation and management with a focus on the conduct of home energy assessments.

Through the home energy assessment, the webinar provided insight on:

  • The amount of energy the household uses
  • How to manage and reduce electricity consumption at home through a range of energy saving measures and best practices
  • How to calculate financial savings generated

You may view the recording of the two day event here:

Day 1

Day 2

You may view the presentation here.

Grenada Capacity Building Programme for Energy Management and Energy Audits

20 April 2022 | Virtual
Through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA, in collaboration with the Energy Division, Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economic Development and Physical Development, Grenada, have developed a Capacity Building Programme for Energy Management and Energy Audits targeting different audiences such as homeowners, youth, hotels and financial institutions as well as government ministries and statutory organisations.

You may view the recording of of the various webinars as below:

Webinar 1 (14 - 15 December 2021) : Day 1 & 2

Webinar 2 (12 - 13 April 2022) : Day 1 Day 2

Webinar 3 (20 - 21 April 2022) : Day 1 Day 2

You may view the presentation as below:

Webinar 1: Day 1 & 2

Webinar 2: Day 1 Day 2

Webinar 3: Day 1 Day 2

Virtual Training Workshop on Climate Financing for Small Island Developing States

01 March 2022 | 04 March 2022 | Virtual
The training was co-organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) through the SIDS Lighthouses (LHI) Initiative and Green Climate Fund (GCF). MOEJ and IRENA have been organizing a number of targeted training programs and workshops since 2015 to promote renewable energy deployment in SIDS through building capacity to access climate finance. As a sequel to the previous programs, this workshop also aims to deepen understanding of the requirements and procedures of various climate financing schemes while also introducing various renewable energy technology options and green hydrogen. In strengthening the capacity of SIDS to access climate finance, the training included a follow-up support by Green Climate Fund in formulating Concept Notes which may be further developed as actual GCF project applications as well as accessing the simplified approval processes of the GCF.
You may view the recording of the event for the four days on the links below:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4


You may view the day-wise presentations here.

Accelerating the development of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) in SIDS

11 February 2022 | Virtual
This webinar on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is part of a three- part Technical Webinar Series which aims to promote ocean energy development in SIDS, including offshore renewable energy through the sharing of global, regional and national experiences, best practices and lessons learned on renewable energy technologies such as: (i) Offshore Wind and Floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV); (ii) Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC); and (iii) Wave and Tidal Energy.

You may view the recording of the event here.
You may view the Concept Note and Agenda here.
You may view the Event Summary here.

Presentations delivered during the Webinar

1) Scene setting presentation_SIDS LHI
2) Case examples Applications and Benefits of OTEC_Prof. Ikegami
3) Case examples Applications and Benefits of OTEC_Barbados Expeience
4) Financing OTEC_Tarig Ahmed_IRENA
5) Financing OTEC_Roman Doubrava_European Commission

 

Accelerating the development of Offshore Wind and Floating Solar PV

16 December 2021 | Virtual
This webinar on offshore wind and floating solar PV technologies is part of a three- part Technical Webinar Series which aims to promote offshore renewable energy development in SIDS, including ocean energy through the sharing of global, regional and national experiences, best practices and lessons learned on offshore energy technologies including: (i) Offshore Wind and Floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV); (ii) Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC);  and (iii) Wave and Tidal Energy.

You may view the recording of the event here.

You may view the Concept Note and Agenda here.

You may view the Event Summary here.

Presentations delivered during the webinar

Scene setting presentation_Global Wind Energy Council

 

Session 1: Case examples: Applications and Benefits of offshore technologies: Offshore Wind and Floating Solar PV

Xodus Group

Sembcorp

 

Session 2: Financing Offshore Wind and Floating Solar PV

Caribbean Development Bank

The World Bank

 

Session 3: Advancing deployment of Offshore Wind and Floating Solar PV

CCREEE

Tuvalu

Climate Emergency Finance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Transformation

08 November 2021 | AOSIS Pavilion, COP 26, Glasgow, United Kingdom
On Monday 08 November, 2021, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) hosted a hybrid event at the AOSIS Pavilion at COP26, Glasgow, United Kingdom, entitled Climate Emergency Finance for SIDS Energy Transformation.

This event sought to bring together High Level Representatives of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS), Caribbean and Pacific regions, development partners; regional organizations  and other key stakeholders to deliberate on concrete solutions and  to identify significant roles and contributions to supporting SIDS energy transformation policies and implementation. The event was also preceded by the signing of the MOU between IRENA – AOSIS, to make clear the intention to strengthen the partnership and to show commitment to SIDS.

You may view the recording of the event here.

 

Pacific Regional Training on the Assessment of GHG Mitigation Policies and Projects

05 October 2021 | Physical

Through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA, in collaboration with SPC, is hosting a virtual regional training that aims to strengthen the Pacific SIDS capacity to implement their NDCs and long-term low emission development strategies, by developing participants’ skills in various techniques and methodologies for appraising GHG mitigation policies and projects, collection and use of energy data to estimate GHG emissions reductions from policies and projects in the energy and related end-use sectors, monitoring and evaluation of GHG emission reduction policies and projects. The training will be based on the current uses of energy and emissions profiles of Pacific SIDS and will focus on the types of policies and projects that are most relevant for reducing GHG emissions in these countries. It will also focus on the types of energy data and analysis that are necessary to build a strong business case for GHG emission reduction policies and projects as well as simple and cost-effective ways to obtain this data.

Read more here.

Transforming Energy: Spotlight on Small Developing States (SIDS) – EXPO 2020

05 October 2021 | Physical
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Abu Dhabi Development Fund (ADFD) and Masdar teamed up to host an event at EXPO 2020, Dubai, focused on improving access to finance in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

SIDS are among the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and yet are often dependent on imported fossil fuels for their energy needs. The event was a moment of recognition for clean energy transformation in SIDS so far and a catalyst for action when it comes to project financing. In particular, the event celebrated SIDS for making firm climate commitments as well as funders, including the UAE, for the many initiatives that have supported the clean energy transition in SIDS. In addition to SIDS representatives, who were given the centre stage, the event brought together key stakeholders who have championed the clean energy transition by developing renewable energy solutions in SIDS.

You may find the agenda of the event here.

You may view the recording of the event here.

 

The 26th Pre- Conference of Parties Conversations and Launch of Jamaica’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership Plan

29 September 2021 | Virtual
The Government of Jamaica has developed a NDC Implementation Plan with the support of the NDC Partnership and several implementing and development partners which was launched on 29 September 2021.
The aim of the Launch is to introduce the Implementation Plan, identify existing resources and initiatives, and ensure transparency in the planning and implementation of activities that contribute to the achievement of Jamaica's NDC targets.

 

You may view the recording of the event here.

Launch of the Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge: Race to the Sun

20 May 2021 | 06 December 2021 | Virtual
The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge: Race to the Sun is a project of the Caribbean NDC Finance Initiative (NDCFI) which aims to increase deployment of renewable energy technologies in support of national, regional and global goals to increase climate resilience and towards keeping global temperature increase within 1.5°C.
The Challenge is a call to action for governments, the private sector, development partners, financiers, and households to work to increase the diffusion of solar energy across the region by the end of 2023, in the first instance.

You may view the recording of the event here.

Implementation Lab: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Climate Week

13 May 2021 | Virtual
As part of the mandate given at COP 25 to improve the Marrakech Partnership for enhancing ambition, the High-level Champions, Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Champion of the COP 25 Presidency of Chile, and Mr. Nigel Topping, High-Level Champion of the COP 26 Presidency of the United Kingdom, conducted a process to gather feedback from Parties and non-Party stakeholders to develop their vision and strategy for collectively striving for a 1.5 degree, resilient world. This process has demonstrated that the High-Level Champions have a key responsibility to converge non-Party stakeholders and provide a bridge to national governments, highlighting opportunities and solutions for implementation. Providing this bridge is one of the key functions of an improved Marrakech Partnership[1], facilitating an implementation and ambition loop using the Climate Action Pathways[2] and Race-to-Zero Breakthroughs[3] as the basis for collaboration. In light of this role, the Champions will be piloting “Implementation Labs” to be held during Regional Climate Weeks.

The Implementation took place during the 2021 Regional Climate Weeks in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. The aim of this event was to have an open and solutions-oriented exchange between national government representatives (e.g. from implementation agencies, line ministries, etc.) and non-Party stakeholders (e.g. businesses, cities, subnational regions, investors and civil society) in the region whose areas of expertise can support countries in implementing their NDCs, NAPs and long-term strategies. By matching the priorities and needs outlined in national plans with the options for policies, technologies and solutions described in the Climate Action Pathways, this framed the collaboration around shared sectoral goals and a common purpose. It also provided opportunities on how to adapt and refine the Climate Action Pathways and Race-to-Zero Breakthroughs outcomes to bring in the regional context and perspectives.

Representatives from the public and private sector, development partners and other stakeholders met virtually on 13 May 2021, 14.00 to 16.00 GMT -4, to discuss the Energy Transition in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as part of a series of Implementation Lab events that are taking place during the 2021 Regional Climate Weeks in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Africa, hosted by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank.

The Energy Segment of the Latin America and Caribbean Implementation Lab was co-organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), as the coordinator of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and the High-level Champions, with the primary aim of fostering open and solutions-oriented dialogue between national government representatives and non-Party stakeholders to identify opportunities to enhance the implementation of climate action through energy transition. In particular, the outcomes of the Net-Zero Investment Lab1 event that was held in March 2021, formed the basis of the topics of discussion for the Breakout Session of the Implementation Lab.

You may find the key outcomes of the meeting here

Net-zero Investment Lab: Public and Private Sector Collaboration on Accelerating Green Investment in SIDS

30 March 2021 | 23 February 2021 | Virtual
Since the Earth Summit in 1992, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been recognised as a special category of countries that have unique circumstances and needs arising from the adverse impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the SIDS economies and livelihoods. The Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) has been the moral advocate and champion on high climate ambition for the island nations and has achieved remarkable accomplishments on global climate change and sustainable development agenda, including the formation of UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and most recently Paris Agreement. SIDS have committed to transitioning key sectors to ensure they meet the 1.5°C goal, as reflected in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), including ambition towards 100% renewable energy targets. Launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019, the “Accelerating Renewable Energy Transition in SIDS” initiative committed to transition to ambitious sustainable energy targets by 2030, by leveraging the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI).
Coordinated and facilitated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the SIDS LHI is a framework for action to support SIDS in their energy transformation toward renewables, through the implementation of the enhanced NDCs. The SIDS LHI brings together 36 SIDS as well as 29 other partners, including regional and international organisations, development agencies, private companies, research institutes and non-profit organisations. The Climate Investment Platform (CIP), launched by IRENA, together with SEforAll and UNDP, in cooperation with the Green Climate Fund, aims to leverage partnerships to provide integrated and streamlined support to scale up climate action and translate the energy component of national climate targets in their NDCs into concrete investments. Progress has been made in recent years on increasing renewable energy deployment in SIDS, but additional investments and private sector engagement is crucial to accelerate the energy transformation at scale. This will also enable the decarbonisation of end-use sectors, such as transport and buildings, as well as ensuring the low-emission, climate resilient future of SIDS towards net-zero.

Through the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, IRENA coordinates, in co-operation with the High-level Climate Champions, the development of a pathway to 1.5°C. This work is complemented by the Champions’ Race to Zero campaign, a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. Particular emphasis of the campaign is on the mobilisation of investment and finance to support ambitious climate action in developing countries, seeking to kick-off an ambition loop of mutually reinforcing public and private action for the needed trillions of dollars of investment.

In this context, IRENA and the High-level Climate Champions hosted this event to support the accelerated mobilisation of investments and finance for energy transitions in SIDS for improved livelihoods and poverty eradication. By demonstrating the benefit and need of greater participation in SIDS’ energy transitions of the private sector, public entities and international financial and expert institutions, the event demonstrated how leveraging existing platforms, such as SIDS Lighthouses, can help meet the priorities and needs of SIDS.

Moderated by

  • Selwin Hart, Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Action, United Nations.

You may view the concept note of the event here.

You may view the presentation delivered at the event here.

You may view the summary of the key outcomes of the event here.

Meeting Recording:

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Pacific NDC Dialogue: Enhancing and Implementing the Pacific SIDS Commitments to the Paris Agreement through Energy Transformation

23 February 2021 | 23 February 2021 | Webinar
The Small Island Developing States played a pivotal and cohesive role in the lead up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement and were amongst the first countries to ratify and submit their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Despite all this, climate change continue to pose an existential threat to SIDS, making adaptation, resilience, and disaster risk reduction a priority. Most of the island countries submitted ambitious mitigation measures mainly by increasing renewable energy generation capacity, energy efficiency, and the electrification of the transport sector.

In the first NDC submissions, IRENA analysis showed that all 14 Pacific SIDS mentioned renewables, whilst 13 of the Pacific SIDS had quantified renewable energy targets in their NDCs that equated to 1.979 GW. A total of USD5.2 billion will be needed by 2030 to implement these NDC RE targets, of which 93 percent will be conditional that would need external investment. This scenario would definitely change given the ongoing NDC enhancement currently being undertaken by SIDS. From the Pacific, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga have already submitted their enhanced NDCs.

IRENA, in partnership with UK COP26 Presidency and the Regional NDC Pacific Hub, will be hosting a one-day, virtual dialogue on 23 February 2021, 7:00-9:00 Gulf Standard Time (GST) on the COP26 Climate Dialogue in the Pacific. The dialogue will act as a forum for cross-regional discussion on driving and building momentum on climate action in the lead up to COP26, through enhanced NDCs, understanding of the domestic energy sector transformations and through long-term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS), and exploring the vital role that energy transformation is contributing to the Pacific SIDS recovery efforts from COVID-19, climate action and sustainable development.

The dialogue will aim to encourage more ambitious climate action, provide an avenue for the Pacific SIDS to share national and regional experiences on the transformation of their energy systems, to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the role of NDCs in achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and demonstrate practical approaches to green recovery, mobilizing investment that contributes to the Pacific SIDS building back better and stronger.

You may view the concept note and agenda of the event here.

Meeting Recording: here

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You may view the presentation delivered at the event here.

Please find the Press release here.

Technical Webinar Series-Transforming SIDs Power System through VRE

29 October 2020 | 29 October 2020 | Webinar
This webinar was an initiative by IRENA to support Small island developing states in their transition to a sustainable energy future. It aims to outreach our publication “Transforming small island states” and share results and recommendations of some of the grid assessment studies conducted in the recent past for Islands.
This webinar was an initiative by IRENA to support Small island developing states in their transition to a sustainable energy future. It aims to outreach our publication “Transforming small island states” and share results and recommendations of some of the grid assessment studies conducted in the recent past for Islands.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has established various initiatives in support of SIDS to accelerate their energy transformation. These include technical studies, technical advisory, and capacity building programs, in engagement with local and regional organizations, in the broad spectrum of integration of renewable energy technologies.

The specific areas include, but are not limited to, technical grid assessment studies, grid operation and management of power systems with high shares of VRE. The studies reveal the technical constraints in the system to integrating VRE and hence recommend solutions to mitigate these challenges considering system specificities, available resources and ensure a secure and reliable power system operation.

Work done in the past include grid assessment studies for the power systems of islands in Antigua and Barbuda, Palau, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji and Dominican Republic. In 2019 IRENA brought out the publication “Transforming Small-island Power systems- Technical planning studies for the integration of variable renewables”, to support SIDS in the process of planning for the integration of high shares of VRE. It discusses the VRE integration planning and the technical studies required to analyze and quantify such challenges, including how to carry out these studies and the methodologies to be applied to resolve the identified issues.

You may view the presentations delivered at the event here.

You may view the recording of the event here.

Energy Transformation in Small Island Developing States Towards Sustainable and Climate Resilient Post-Pandemic Recovery

15 September 2020 | 15 September 2020 | Webinar
Ministers, high-level representatives of Small Island States (SIDS) along with partner countries, and multilateral institutions met virtually on 15 September 2020, 8:00 – 9:30 EST, to discuss Energy Transformation in SIDS towards Sustainable and Climate resilient Post-Pandemic Recovery as part of the webinar series of the UN Climate Action Summit’s Energy Transition Track . The series were organized by the Governments of Denmark and Ethiopia as co-chairs of the Energy Track.
Ministers, high-level representatives of Small Island States (SIDS) along with partner countries, and multilateral institutions met virtually on 15 September 2020, 8:00 – 9:30 EST, to discuss Energy Transformation in SIDS towards Sustainable and Climate resilient Post-Pandemic Recovery as part of the webinar series of the UN Climate Action Summit’s Energy Transition Track . The series were organized by the Governments of Denmark and Ethiopia as co-chairs of the Energy Track.

 

The meeting was co-organized by Denmark and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as the coordinator of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative that is operationalizing the Ambitious SIDS Climate Package. The representatives engaged in interactive discussions on expediting energy transition in SIDS and ensuring that they build climate resilient future whilst recovering from the COVID-19. Both co-chairs, H.E. Tomas Anker Christensen, Climate Ambassador of Denmark and Mr Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, highlighted the importance of international cooperation and partnership in enhancing SIDS energy transformation.

You may find the Summary of the discussions at the following link.

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SIDS High-Level Dialogue: Accelerating Energy Transition in Small Island Developing States to Stimulate Post-Pandemic Recovery

01 June 2020 | 01 June 2020 | Webinar
IRENA and AOSIS organised a virtual Ministerial Dialogue bringing together Governments, development partners and regional and multilateral institutions to consider actions needed to advance a transformation of the energy systems in SIDS, taking into account the latest developments and national experiences in the face of COVID-19.

Watch the webinar recording below.
With a view to realising the ambitious renewable energy targets envisioned by SIDS that will strengthen SIDS resilience, and stimulating economic recovery and sustainable development in the post pandemic period, the discussion offered a platform for SIDS governments and development partners to reflect on effective means for reinforcing action towards accelerating energy transformation and ensuring energy security of SIDS, while aligning the pandemic response with the sustainable development and climate objectives. Special emphasis was given to renewable energy solutions in the sectors that have been severely affected by the pandemic, such as, health, water, agrifood, tourism, fisheries, transport. The discussion also incorporated the outcomes of the PAF, the progress of the Ambitious SIDS Climate Action Summit Package, which is being operationalised through the SIDS LHI.

 

Open to ministers and high-level officials from the SIDS governments, representatives of the regional and subregional organisations, development partners, international organisations, international financial institutions and other stakeholders, this virtual High-Level Dialogue included a panel discussion, with dedicated time for participants’ comments, questions and answers.

For more background, the Agenda and List of participants, visit IRENA website

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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.”
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to climate change. At the same time, they are amongst the most ambitious when it comes to climate action. The progress of the energy transition in SIDS was the focus of several events for IRENA during COP25 where delegates gathered to discuss facilitation of planning and financing of renewable energy projects in SIDS.

 

IRENA launched the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative in 2014 to support efforts in scaling up the renewable energy transition in small islands countries. Through this initiative, IRENA provides platforms to support: the development of policy frameworks; the identification of potential renewable energy resources; project facilitation; capacity building; and helping island countries find financial and project development support.

Amjad Abdulla, the Director General at the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water of Maldives, discussed the importance of this work for his country. He pointed out the need to have strong enabling environments in order to build the confidence of investors. He emphasized the importance of finding a balance between communicating ambition and vulnerability. To put it simply, doomsday scenarios do not inspire confidence in investors. The model being employed by Indian Ocean countries, the Caribbean and many in the Pacific is to focus on the concept of resilience.

Christian Lohberger, CEO of Astra Solar and advisor to Papua New Guinea noted that PNG was the first country to submit an NDC after Paris calling for 100% renewable energy by 2050. But while the country has a lot of natural resources, it does not have the necessary policies in place to achieve its targets. He reiterated the importance of having strong policy and regulatory frameworks to attract investment. Omar Ramírez Tejada, Environmental Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic, echoed these comments and also emphasized the importance of political stability – peace, in other word – for attracting investment.

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.
The roundtable aimed at showcasing concrete lessons from project development in the Pacific and highlighted best practices and lessons learnt from the project development and investors. Projects included the Tonga Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, implemented by Sunergise New Zealand and funded by the Asian Development Bank, the Oil Search Project (Biomass & Solar PV) in Papua New Guinea for which the International Finance Corporation is considering providing financing, the Akuo Solar PV Energy Project in New Caledonia and the Sustainable Energy Financing Project that is being implemented by Fiji’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Department of Energy and funded by the World Bank.

 

This week-long event builds on the previous capacity building activities that the utilities have undertaken in the design of bankable power purchase agreements and is expected to contribute to the improvement and enhancement of the power utilities capabilities and regulators to design and negotiate bankable contracts. Its ultimate goals is to contributing to effective commitment of private capital to the deployment of renewable energy projects in the Pacific SIDS. This is also in line with the Pacific Energy 4th Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Officials Resolutions and Minister’s Outcomes in strengthening Pacific SIDS capacity to accelerate renewable energy transition.


The event has been well attended by participants from government ministries and departments responsible for the renewable energy development mandate, 12 power utilities, 5 regulators, 4 private sector and 7 development partners.

Supporting the development of bankable bioenergy projects in Cuba

18 November 2019 | 20 November 2019 | Havana, Cuba
A training workshop jointly led by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and IRENA Supporting the development of bankable bioenergy projects in Cuba will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious green solutions for a better energy transformation.
A training workshop jointly led by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and IRENA – Supporting the development of bankable bioenergy projects in Cuba – will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organisations to develop ambitious green solutions for a better energy transformation. Cuba’s pursuit of a sustainable energy future relies on the deployment of bankable renewable energy projects with a major share from harnessing bioenergy.

Co-organised by ECLAC and IRENA and in coordination with Cuba’s relevant ministries and state-owned companies such as AZCUBA, the workshop will provide insights on key issues on best practices for the development of bankable bioenergy projects in Cuba and the Caribbean region.

IRENA provides a suite of project facilitation platforms that help local stakeholders to address challenges on the path towards sustainable development with clean and affordable energy. Based on the IRENA Project Navigator for bioenergy projects available in Spanish, critical issues related to the bankability of bioenergy projects will be reviewed, with a focus on the technical and financial considerations for the preparation of detailed project proposals.

Capacity building workshop on preparation of bankable concept notes for climate finance in SIDS

28 January 2019 | 30 January 2019 | Male, Maldives
MOEJ and IRENA organised a three-day training program to support the development of project proposals to access climate finance by SIDS stakeholders through various entities including local banks and climate finance entities.
The Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ) and IRENA have jointly organized workshops and training programs since 2015 to promote renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States. Training workshops were organised in 2015, (Malaysia), 2016 (Fiji) and 2017 (Japan, Fiji) on the theme: “Supporting Renewable Energy Deployment through Developing Project Proposals to Access Climate Finance” for SIDS by the MoEJ and IRENA. The key issues regarding accessing climate finance were elaborated on in the workshops and participants were made aware of various climate finance entities for accessing finance for their national projects. Based on the results of these events, the need for continuous capacity building for government officials, private sector, financing institutions and key stakeholders on accessing the available financing options by proposing bankable projects has been identified.
MOEJ and IRENA continue the efforts to address these issues by organizing a three-day training program from 28-20 January 2019 in Male, Maldives to support the development of project proposals to access climate finance by various SIDS stakeholders through various entities including local banks and climate finance entities.

Geothermal Energy Roundtable and UNFC Training Course for Geothermal Energy

05 December 2018 | 12 July 2018 | Saint Lucia
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission (OECS) together with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the World Bank organised the Geothermal Energy Roundtable and United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) Training Course for Geothermal Energy on 5th - 7th December 2018, in Saint Lucia.
The event brought together key experts and decision-makers from the region to help advance and initiate regional cooperation for geothermal energy. The dialogue was followed by a training workshop that introduced the UNFC classification as part of a project currently undertaken by IRENA, IGA and the World Bank’s ESMAP, under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance. Programme and summary report are available on the OECS’s website here.

Caribbean Workshop on Renewable Energy in Small Islands Developing States: How to strengthen resilience and accelerate renewable energy deployment

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28 November 2018 | 29 November 2018 | Aruba
IRENA, in collaboration with the Aruba Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, organised a workshop to discuss issues to energy resiliency and renewable energy deployment in the Caribbean.
The workshop’s aim was to identify factors and strategies to increase renewable energy penetration in SIDS.
The event targeted senior officers from energy ministries and public utilities in the region who are responsible for planning and strategy of the energy sector.  The overall goal was to discuss how to improve the financial and policy frameworks as well as how to strengthen the local capacities. In addition, the meeting examined the role that renewable energy plays in assisting countries in achieving NDCs targets and the nexus between renewable energy and food, water, and health.

Workshop agenda and presentations delivered during the discussions

Workshop agenda

DAY 1

Session 1
1) How to Increase Resiliency in the Electricity Sector. Andrew Thorington, Carilec
2) Innovation to Solve Energy Poverty. Adam Eberwein, EarthSpark International
3) Resiliency Plan. Andrew St. Hilaire, BVI Electricity Corporation
4) System Planning Approach. Neha Mukhi, The World Bank Group

Session 2
5) Access Funding in the Seventh Cycle. Seleha Lockwood, IRENA
6) Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator. Dr. Neil Parsan, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
7) IRENA’s Work on NDC Analysis and Project Implementation. Toshiaki Nagata, IRENA
8) RE and NDC Targets, the Saint Lucia Approach. Kurt Inglis, Ministry of Infrastructure, Port, Energy & Labour, Government of Saint Lucia
9) Sustainable Energy and NDC Implementation in the Caribbean. Judith Ephraim-Schmidt, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Session 3
10) Introducing Smart Community Aruba. Robert-Jans Moons, TNO Caribbean
11) Renewable Energy Nexus in the Caribbean Context. Willard Phillips, UNECLAC
12) Smart Health Care Facilities. Shalini Jagnarine, Pan American Health Organization

DAY 2

Session 4
1) E-Mobility in CARICOM. Curtis Boodoo, The University of Trinidad and Tobago
2) Redefining the Future of Transportation on Aruba. Ryan R. Falconi, ELMAR
3) Regional Efforts Towards Low Carbon Shipping in the Caribbean. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, The University of Trinidad and Tobago
4) Transitioning Pacific Islands Maritime Transport. Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transportation

Session 5
5) Era of RE Shared Economy. Khadija Usher, Belize Electricity Limited
6) Grid Integration of Renewables. Dr. Sanjay Bahadoorsingh, The University of the West Indies
7) Operation of Power Systems with High Shares of Variable Renewables. Manuel Coxe, IRENA
8) Dominica Geothermal Risk Mitigation Project. Elvira Morella, The World Bank Group

Session 6
9) Geothermal Energy and OTEC Opportunities for the Caribbean. Judith Ephraim-Schmidt, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
10) Supporting Geothermal Energy Deployment. Ellsworth Dacon, Ministry of National Security, Air & Seaport Development, Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
11) The Saint Lucia Geothermal Development Project. Charlin Bodley, Department of Infrastructure, Ports & Energy, Government of Saint Lucia
12) Tropical Energy Aruba. Diego Acevedo, Bluerise Ocean Thermal Energy

International Renewable Energy Conference in Cabo Verde: Bridging the knowledge gap on climate financing in small island states

22 November 2018 | 23 November 2018 | Cabo Verde, Santiago Island
This event was organized by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Energy of Cabo Verde and launched within the scope of our Renewable Energy Sector Support Program, financed by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation.

International Renewable Energy Conference Cabo Verde

The conference served as a space for knowledge sharing, within small island nation community (developing islands in particular -SIDS) by showcasing existing climate financing mechanisms, tailored to support Renewable Energy investments in small island nations and concrete projects already implemented that have leveraged innovative mechanisms to bridge climate finance, and lessons learned from implementation.

For more information, and registration visit the website: https://www.renewableenergyconference.info

SIDS Lighthouses Initiative workshop on renewable energy project development and financing in the Indian Ocean Islands

19 November 2018 | 23 November 2018 | Port Louis, Mauritius
Organised in the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and co-organized with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), this regional workshop on renewable energy project development and financing in the Indian Ocean Islands aims to support capacity building efforts by implementing a regional training on project development and financing for local SIDS stakeholders.
The workshop looked at ways to improve conditions to finance and implement renewable energy project in the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and La Réunion. The workshop was mainly composed of a training based on Project Navigator with additional contribution from other IRENA project facilitation platforms such as Global Atlas and Marketplace. It facilitated discussions on how to overcome implementation obstacles that can be of a policy, regulatory, funding or capacity building nature. The agenda included sessions promoting partnerships, new technology and recent cost developments, and case studies presented by project owners and developers. Experts from industry and development partners presented practical applications of island renewable energy projects in SIDS with the aim to identify what the key enablers for the successful replication in the Indian Ocean SIDS and in other regions as well. The workshop targeted participants with a mix of public and private backgrounds including local project developers, public sector employees, local utility regulators, electric utilities, academia any other relevant project stakeholders who were trained based on the gaps identified by the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative.

Training workshop on renewable energy project development and financing for Pacific and Caribbean Small Islands

15 October 2018 | 19 October 2018 | Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
Under the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA held a technical workshop on project development and financing for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS stakeholders during IPS Connect 2018.
Under the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and co-organized with the University of Tasmania's Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, the University of Hawaii's Natural Energy Institute, the Maui Economic Development Board, and the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, IRENA has organized a technical workshop on project development and financing for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS stakeholders during IPS Connect 2018, a non-profit renewable energy forum which brings together utilities, market participants and academia from island communities that are active in the field of remote area power supply and isolated power systems.

 

The workshop was composed of a training based on Project Navigator with contribution from international experts from the industry presenting applications of island renewable energy projects in SIDS with the aim to identify key enablers for the successful replication in the Caribbean and Pacific Small Islands. It relied on the extensive knowledge and experience of the host organizations to bring a pragmatic approach to integration of new technologies within island systems. In addition, it was complemented by real-life experiences from various islands and featured a showcase of recent developments in solar, wind, and battery storage in the unique setting that Hawaii provides, as a leader in renewable energy deployment on islands.

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SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0: High-Level Roundtable on “Increasing Ambition to Accelerate Energy Transformation in Small Islands Developing States”

28 September 2018 | 28 September 2018 | New York, USA
Building on the success of the Initiative and following the consultative process undertaken with all LHI partners, this event was instrumental in drawing together political leadership and launch a more ambitious phase of the Initiative, LHI 2.0, which will take the sustainable energy transformation of islands to the next level.

 

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SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 aims to enable SIDS energy systems’ transformation, leverage investment support, strengthen climate resilience, and contribute to the attainment of the sustainable development goals in SIDS.

Since the launch of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI), the renewable energy uptake in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been impressive. 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.

The initial LHI targets for 2020 in terms of installed capacity (100 megawatts of solar PV, 20 megawatts of wind power) and mobilised funding (USD 500 million) have been met and exceeded three years ahead of schedule. Building on the success of the LHI and following the consultative process undertaken with all LHI partners, this event was instrumental in drawing together political leadership and in launching a more ambitious phase of the Initiative, LHI 2.0, which aims to enable SIDS energy systems’ transformation, leverage investment support, strengthen climate resilience, and contribute to the attainment of the sustainable development goals in SIDS.

Renewable Energy & Smart Grid Conference: Energy Resilience Independence

23 September 2018 | 27 September 2018 | Miami
This event, organised by CARILEC in partnership with IRENA and other partners, gathered researchers, thought leaders, utility and energy professionals and vendors and provide them with a unique platform to delve deeply into renewable energy and resilience from both a global and a regional perspective.
This event, organised by CARILEC in partnership with IRENA and other partners, will gather researchers, thought leaders, utility and energy professionals and vendors and provide them with a unique platform to delve deeply into renewable energy and resilience from both a global and a regional perspective.  More information