When: Saturday, 30 August 2014
- Where: To'oa Salamasina Hall, Ministry of Women, Community, and Social Development
Renewable Energy Forum
Renewable energy has the potential to play a key role in enhancing energy security in small island developing states (SIDS) and assisting them to achieve their sustainable development goals. Most SIDS are dependent on imported fossil fuels for the majority of their energy needs, especially transport and electricity generation. Energy infrastructure costs are often high for reasons of scale and isolation, and the impact of oil price and supply volatility can be severe. SIDS are also highly exposed to the negative environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel consumption. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy (RE) resources can help address these economic and environmental challenges, while also creating opportunities for local industry.
What is the best way for SIDS to drive the continued development of renewable energy sources? Many SIDS have taken great strides towards energy independence through new partnerships and innovative technical approaches, significant new investments and the roll out of national energy plans and bold targets.
The Renewable Energy Forum (RE Forum) is one of the forums taking place in the four days allocated for activities ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. The RE Forum is a unique opportunity for SIDS and their partners to learn and understand how renewable energy is helping other SIDS achieve sustainable economic development.
- To highlight the economic, social and climate change mitigation benefits of RE;
- To identify and showcase policies, practices and experiences that could help increase RE use in SIDS;
To catalyse new and innovative partnerships for the deployment of RE in SIDS.
Using real examples and case studies to draw out discussion on policies, technologies and capacities, the RE Forum will:
- Bring together stakeholders from across all SIDS to identify the elements needed to transform island energy sectors.
- Lead to the announcement of new partnerships for the deployment of renewable energy in SIDS.
- Highlight the importance of measurable targets for initiatives implemented under renewable energy partnerships.