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At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.

In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.

At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.

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SIDS Lighthouses Initiative

Mobilize $500m USD and deploy 100MW of solar PV, 20MW of wind power, and significant quantities of other renewable energy technology in SIDS by 2020

Lead Organisations

IRENA

Objectives

Partners to the initiative pledge to achieve together more than 120MW of new renewable energy deployment by 2020. All participating islands are committed to develop renewable energy roadmaps and the initiative facilitates engagement with stakeholders to mobilize USD 500 million in financing to support the implementation of these roadmaps.

Roadmap and work plan

A roadmap and work plan has been developed to achieve the objectives outlining activities and support that will be facilitated through partnerships in the areas of i) improving planning for energy transition, ii) enhancing capacity and knowledge, and iii) strengthening effective project identification, structuring and implementation.

Progress

Additional initial baseline assessment (Quickscan): An additional 19 islands completed the initial baseline assessment. The findings and recommendations were shared during the second summit of OCT Energy Ministers and it will serve as the baseline for the sustainable energy component of the EU Response Strategy.

Improved planning for energy transition: An additional six islands are in the process of developing energy transition plans with support from IRENA and other stakeholder organizations to the initiative including Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room. Through the initiative, facilitated support for technical assessment studies (i.e. grid stability studies) as well as policy and regulatory advisory services is being implemented for five islands.
Enhanced capacity and knowledge: A series of technical webinars and workshops have been developed and are being facilitated in partnership with regional organizations including the Caribbean Electric Utilities Services Corporation (CARILEC), in the framework of the recently established Caribbean Renewable Energy Community (CAREC) platform and Pacific Power Association (PPA). They enhance technical knowledge exchange and learning activities for utility executives, engineers and power system operators of islands in the Caribbean, AIMS, and Pacific regions to integrate higher shares of variable renewable energy into the grid. A five-day training workshop which focused on exchanging knowledge and information on policy, regulatory, institutional and financial aspects for enabling the energy transition was facilitated for 10 Pacific island nations.

Effective project identification, structuring and implementation: To enable the scale up of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, IRENA has developed a tool called the Sustainable Energy Marketplace. It is a virtual marketplace that brings together project owners, governments, financiers, and service and technology providers.

Quantitative Impact

Finance

Since the launch of the Caribbean portal at COP21, 19 projects have been registered representing a combined capacity of 396 MW and an investment volume of $1 billion.

Mitigation

Since the launch of the Caribbean portal at COP21, 19 projects have been registered representing a combined capacity of 396 MW and an investment volume of $1 billion.
In addition, two islands have been selected to receive funding from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and other co-financiers for a total amount of $45 million.

Contact

Daniela Schmidt, IRENA

DSchmidt@irena.org

http://www.sids2014.org/index.php

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COUNTRIES (36)

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Cabo Verde

Cook Islands

European Union

Fiji

France

Germany

Grenada

Guyana

Italy

Japan

Kiribati

Maldives

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Micronesia (Federated States of)

Nauru

New Zealand

Niue

Norway

Palau

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe

Seychelles

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Vanuatu

ORGANIZATIONS (6)

Clinton Climate Initiative

Indian Ocean Commission

IRENA

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

UNDP

World Bank Group