Spread across 300,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, 14 island nations are tackling the challenge of transitioning to low-emission energy with a sense of urgency and resolve. Though small in scale, the experiences of these countries demonstrate technical approaches and regional collaboration useful to other nations around the world.

The Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) Office was privileged to have received SPC senior officials from Suva over the week. The Deputy Director Geoscience Georesources and Energy, Mr. Akuila Tawake together with Ms. Raksha Ben, Project Finance Officer at the SPC were here to attend the Fourth Annual Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council (PGSC) Meeting and launch of the PGSC Strategy.

The Samoa Minimum Energy Performance Labelling and Standards (M.E.P.L.S.) concluded a two-day training on electrical appliances at the T.A.T.T.E. convention center yesterday. 

It was the final phase of a three-phase training strategy developed and agreed to by the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (P.A.L.S.) participating countries in 2015. 

Five certificates in resilience and sustainable energy were presented to Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) in a small ceremony in Nadi. The Pacific Community (SPC) through the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) has accredited a total of eight certificates for courses on resilience and sustainable energy. These qualifications are a first for the Pacific and represent a landmark development for education and training opportunities the region.

While Tonga is still counting and dealing with the losses of that fateful 12th February night, one of the happier stories that emerged is that the solar street lights were the primary source of light for the communities during and right after the cyclone.