"We hope the year has been at least as rewarding for you as it has been for us and we look forward to working with you in 2011."

REEEP at COP16

At the forthcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place in Cancun, Mexico, REEEP will participate to as well as host a number of events. Please join the REEEP team and partners to the following sessions:
  • Friday 3 December: REEEP Regional Secretariats Managers meeting
  • Monday 6 December: Energy Efficiency in Buildings side event hosted by the Energy Efficiency Coalition
  • Tuesday 7 December: Finance to push forward clean technology side event hosted by IETA and REEEP

REEEP SEAP Advisory Committee Meeting

REEEP Southeast Asia and Pacific held its Advisory Committee Meeting in Canberra on 17 November 2010. Topics of the Advisory Committee meeting included opportunities for private sector participation within the energy sector in the Pacific region and continued efforts on regional alignment and coordination of activities.

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REEEP at DIREC2010

The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC2010) took place in Delhi, India, 27-29 October 2010. REEEP hosted a number of events, including on Low emission development support activities; Solar water heating systems: global perspective; Widening access to low carbon energy: examples in overcoming barriers; Symposium on promoting rural entrepreneurship for enhancing access to clean lighting options; and an event discussing the new Tradable Renewable Energy Certificates in India.

Read news from DIREC here

Read summary of DIREC here

REEEP in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) also hosted a session on “Access to Energy from Renewables in Small Islands” highlighting some of the successes of latest policy developments in the region.

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World Energy Outlook 2010 looks at energy poverty

The 2010 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) was released on 9 November 2010 and it looks, i.a., at the crucial importance of energy in achieving Millennium Development Goals. It shows that over 20% of the global population, 1.4 billion people, lack access to electricity and some 40% of the global population, 2.7 billion people, rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking.

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MDG priorities in Asia and the Pacific – where are we standing?

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), released the report “Paths to 2015: MDG Priorities in Asia and the Pacific” to provide an update of the status toward achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Asia and the Pacific. The paper reveals mixed results across countries in the region.

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Read report here

Find out more about the MDG here

SIDS in Cancun spotlight at AOSIS meeting

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) held an Informal Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change from 1-2 November 2010 in St. George’s, Grenada. The aim of the Ministerial Consultation was to discuss the AOSIS position in preparation for the 16th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to be held in Cancun, Mexico. The speeches given by the UNDP and World Bank representatives in particular made a strong case for Small Islands Developing States.

Read UNDP speech here

Read WB speech here

Participate in the 2011 Summer Institute on Climate Information for Public Health


The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, in partnership with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and the Mailman School of Public Health will be hosting the Summer Institute 2011 course on Climate Information for Public Health from 16 to 27 May 2011, at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York.

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Apply here

Policy Developments

“Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific: Moving from Strategy to Action”

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank organized a workshop on “Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific: Moving from Strategy to Action,” in Nadi, Fiji, on 13-14 October 2010. The event brought together 14 representatives of the ADB and senior representatives from international and regional agencies, development partners and NGOs. Workshop participants underscored the need to strengthen the climate policy of the Pacific region and improve the coping abilities, as well as the importance for national governments to receive support and constructive engagement by development partners.

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14th Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting discusses FICs economies and climate change financing


The 14th Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting (FEMM) held in Alofi, Niue, on 27 – 28 October has endorsed measures which are considered essential to expand the economic base of Forum island countries (FICs), by refocusing the agenda of the Meeting to issues concerning the economic development of member countries.

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The meeting also tackled options for the Pacific region to improve access to, and management of, climate change financing. The emphasize was put on the need of a thorough review of the necessary country and regional technical assistance and coordination requirements for policy analysis and proposals, national planning and implementation capacity and capabilities in the distribution of funds in the Pacific region.

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The Chief Executives of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) have agreed to renew efforts in cooperating to address regional climate change issues. Among the next steps identified by the Committee are: greater joint programming and information sharing; improved communication on delivering advice to Pacific island countries; and more effective delivery in addressing climate change. The meeting was also an opportunity to talk strategy and pool efforts prior to major regional and international meetings to be held over the next three months, including the Forum Economic Ministers meeting and the global climate change talks of the Conference of Parties in Mexico.

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Project Developments

Pacific Hydro Unveils US$800m Chilean hydro projects

At a formal ceremony in Chile on Tuesday 26 October 2010, Australia's renewable energy company Pacific Hydro unveiled the La Higuera and La Confluencia run-of-river hydro power stations. The ceremony was attended by the Chilean President, Mr. Sebastián Piñera Echenique who also opened the two projects along with taking an extensive tour of the site.

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Niue renewable energy project gives confidence in solar PV

Solar PV is gaining confidence as an appropriate technology in the Pacific region and in tropical conditions, as another renewable energy project will be supported in the region: a 75.0 kWp grid-connected solar PV system in Niue.

The power of the river

Villagers in remote districts of Negros Occidental, Philippines, are ending their isolation from economic opportunities with the aid of hydropower. ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction funded a renewable energy project implementing three micro hydropower plants in the region. With an aggregate output of 88 kW, they will provide energy to 308 homes and to rice and corn mills.

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A bright idea for energy reduction

Prodded by persistent power shortages, the Philippines government has turned to the humble light bulb to help end debilitating power failures in major urban centers, such as Cebu City. The Philippines is thus replacing energy-wasting light bulbs with more efficient fluorescent bulbs, promising to save millions of pesos—and bulbs—and to reduce debilitating power failures.

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Finance

SPREP calling for comments to report on Climate Financing

SPREP has released a draft report on the future of climate financing identifying options for more effective delivery of climate funds to Pacific countries, including a possible Pacific regional fund for climate change. SPREP are collecting and synthesising comments into a new revised report, to be discussed at the 2011 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable scheduled for March 2011 in Niue.

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Download the report here

Fast-start finance for developing countries

At the climate talks in Copenhagen in December 2009, developed countries committed to provide US$30 billion in the period 2010 to 2012 to support developing countries’ action on climate change. This “fast start” finance is intended to help developing countries in their enhanced efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to already unavoidable changes in the earth’s climate system.

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