Vanuatu committed to leading the way to a renewable future

VANUATU is fully committed to the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai made this clear to chairman of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and same time Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi as well as 120 leaders of member countries of the ISA.

PM Salwai told the first ever international meeting of ISA on Sunday in India’s capital of New Delhi, that Vanuatu signed ISA on November 2016 at the margin of COP 22 in Marrakesh.

He said Vanuatu is committed to ratifying the ISA agreement in the next parliamentary session this year.

“Mr Chairman, in a region so diverse as ours, our challenges are many and often similar in nature,” PM Salwai said.

“Vanuatu’s electrification rate stands at just over 33 per cent with renewable energy generation less than 20 per cent on average. Solar energy consisted of approximately 0.2 per cent of the total grid electricity generation. Although the cost of solar energy has fallen dramatically, access to finance, appropriate technology and capacity issues contributed to the challenge of the deploying solar energy in my country. Despite the challenges, Vanuatu has an ambitious goal of achieving 100 per cent electrification from 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

“Our National Sustainable Development Plan known as People’s Plan 2030 provides the overreaching policy framework and the National Energy Roadmap 2030 provides the over- reaching policy framework and National Energy roadmap 2030 clearly articulates the strategies to achieve this ambition. This is further supported by our Nationally Determined Contribution, NDC which form part of the global aggregated effort to achieving the critical temperature target set down by the Paris Agreement.”

He stressed that while Vanuatu’s contributions to global emissions are negligible, the government is committed to leading the way to a renewable future.

Prime Minister Salwai was pleased to inform the forum that Vanuatu people are no longer using kerosene for lighting but depend on solar energy to serve their lighting needs.

He told ISA member countries that Vanuatu sees the ISA as a global platform for research and development, technology transfer, capacity building, resource mobilisation and promoting solar technology deployment to its members.

Mr Salwai told the meeting that Vanuatu stands ready to work together with the International Solar Alliance to implement real projects on the ground and provide electricity services to ni Vanuatu via solar energy applications and firmly believes that ISA will act as the conduit for further deployment of solar technology and boost investment in solar energy beyond the $ 1 000 billion target by 2030.

He said this is especially important for nations like Vanuatu which face the unique and unprecedent challenge of lifting his people out of poverty without relying on fossil fuel, amidst worsening climatic conditions.

“We are insistent that simplified access to finance be made available for solar energy development and deployment to realise our aspirations in meeting our renewable energy targets nationally and globally,” he said.

The ISA is an inter-governmental institution which has alliance of more than 121 countries after its inception in 2015.

The member countries come from the so called sunshine countries which Prime Minister Modi of India refers to as Suryaputra which means Sons of the Suns.

These countries come from either or partly between the Topic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer where most of the sun rays is concentrated. The Alliance primary objective in setting up the organization is to work for an efficient exploitation of solar energy and to reduce depending on fossil fuels.

The focus of the Alliance is on the solar power utilization. The launching in Paris was a milestone for developing countries which sends strong signal to the global communities about sincerity toward concern on climate change and sustainable development. The Paris ISA declaration in 2015 shows the unified synergy and enthusiasm which provides the high level political support recognizing that the sustainable development, universal energy access and energy security are critical policies contributing the prosperity and the future of our planet.

The member countries also came together to acknowledge that a clean and renewable energy should be affordable for all.

SHARE