About LOW CARBON ISLANDS
Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu are the smallest states in the Pacific and – unlike their larger neighbours – have been practically 100% dependent on imported fossil fuels for their energy needs in recent decades, particularly for transport and electricity production. As a consequence supply cost for all imported items tend to be higher than anywhere else.
Low Carbon Islands, a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and executed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Oceania Regional Office (IUCN ORO) in coordination with the national governments of each country.
The goal is: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy resources and energy conservation. The objective by which this goal is to be met is the removal of major barriers to the widespread and cost-effective use of grid-based renewable energy supply and to the introduction of energy conservation measures.
To achieve this objective, the project partners are building structures, knowledge, skills, awareness and understanding among policy makers, stakeholders and the general public in the three countries. This site is a platform for greater awareness of the renewable energy and energy efficient technology options available in Nauru, Niue, and Tuvalu.
Low Carbon Islands is based in three components:
(i) Strategic Planning
(ii) Demonstration of feasible financing
(iii) Awareness and capacity building.
Please visit other sections of this site to learn more about how to participate in this process. Features include:
- A cost/energy calculator to help you determine your appliances’ performance, input your use, and estimate your electricity bills and identify easy areas to save energy (and money)
- A glossary of renewable energy/energy efficiency terminology useful for understanding the factors in your electricity generation, consumption, and measurement
- A registry of energy specialists with whom you may inquire regarding policy, operations, maintenance, and installations, and the growing database of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- A list of regional suppliers and products recommended and/or certified for performance and efficiency, including solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and components, appliances such as; refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and lighting
- Application forms, terms, and step-by-step instructions to complete submissions for subsidies/loans from the Low Carbon Fund
- An updated news listing of policy, press, and presentation relating to energy production and use in your country – keep up with your current legislation to know how to make the most of your money, reduce your consumption, and follow best practices in your business & household energy use.
- A library of external sources should you want to research further on any topic covered under the Low Carbon Islands project