Launch of IRENA geothermal project for the Pacific expected at COP21

Launch of IRENA geothermal project for the Pacific expected at COP21 Erakor Island Resort, Efate, Vanuatu (source: flickr/PhillipC creative commons)
Alexander Richter 24 Nov 2015

The islands of the Pacific are setting big hopes into an expected launch of a geothermal project by IRENA during the COP21 meetings in Paris later this month.

With the upcoming climate meetings in Paris later this month, Pacific countries raised their interest in a geothermal project by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The project will be launched during the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.

We have been reporting about a number of geothermal development efforts and resources on islands in the Pacific, such as Salomon Islands, Vanuatu, American Samoa and Fiji. All of which have so far not managed to get beyond early exploration work.

It is to be assumed that efforts by IRENA will aim at helping projects in the early stages of development.

At the recently held Pacific Energy Advisory Group meeting, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community discussed the immediate need to establish a Pacific Islands energy regulators network and the implementation of a new Pacific efficient lighting strategy to phase out inefficient lights from the region.

The statement confirmed the Pacific leaders representation at the meeting included meeting representatives of governments and administrations from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Source: Fiji Times