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The Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Project [PIREP] is a GEF/UNDP-funded regional climate change mitigation project participated in by 14 1 Pacific Island Countries [PICs] that have ratified the UNFCCC, and Tokelau. PIREP is an 18 months project, which commenced implementation in May 2003.The development goal of the PIREP is the preparation of a regional approach to removing barriers to the development and commercialization of renewable energy [RE] systems in the PICs that influences country efforts to reduce the long-term growth of greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions from fossil fuel uses, especially diesel. The purpose of the project is the “acceleration of the adoption and commercialization of feasible and applicable renewable energy technologies [RETs].”Studies under the current phase of the PIREP will come up with suggested regional and national interventions that will remove the identified barriers to RE development that are common to most of the PICs, and to level the playing field for RE development in the light of the substantial contribution of fossil fuels in the region’s energy mix. These are the much-needed groundwork for a more comprehensive regional initiative that will contribute in countering the heavy reliance on fossil fuels through the promotion and facilitation of the widespread use of RE. Such a comprehensive regional initiative is expected to contribute to the region’s effort to mitigate climate change brought by greenhouse gases [GHGs], as well as to achieving the PICs sustainable development efforts.

Project Status
Start Date
Friday, March 1, 2024
End Date
Friday, March 1, 2024
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Project Objectives

1) Capacity building on RE Policy Formulation

Project Activities
1) Review existing policies etc, review studies and projects, evaluate removal of barriers, carry out SWOT workshops, prepare a regional RE database, construct PIREP website, Disseminate MSP activity output, publish and distribute project reports