Objectives and Mandate

Development Objective

Improved access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services, energy security and mitigation of negative externalities of the energy system (e.g. local pollution and GHG emissions) by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, markets and industries in PICTs. 


Mandate of PCREEE

PCREEE was established by the Pacific Ministers of Energy and Transport as regional SE4ALL center of excellence operating under the umbrella of the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific (FAESP). Through regional methodologies and tools, the center assists PICTs to address existing barriers and strengthen drivers for sustainable energy markets, industries and innovation. PCREEE is co-hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Government of Tonga. The centre represents an innovative fusion of regional and international efforts and capabilities. Its design leverages a network of intra and extra regional partnerships, serving as a “hub” for knowledge and technical expertise on matters related to sustainable energy project development and implementation. UNIDO provides technical services and mentoring throughout the first operational phase of the centre.

Geographic scope of intervention:

  • Supports interventions in 22 PICTs (American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna);
  • Supports and executes RE&EE activities and projects which cover one or more PICTs;
  • Focuses primarily on activities and projects with regional impact or national projects which demonstrate high potential for scaling-up or regional replication;
  • Works in urban as well as peri-urban and rural areas due to the high relevance of decentralized RE&EE technologies and services for rural areas linked with the agricultural sector;













Technical focus:

PCREEE supports activities with high relevance for the domestic private sector and industry. The centre promotes:

  1. sustainable energy solutions and technologies to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of island industries with high value and job creation potential (e.g. agriculture, tourism, fishery, manufacturing, creative industry);
  2. nexus-approaches which combine sustainable energy interventions with productive activities (e.g. value chain development) and other aspects of circular economy (e.g. resource efficiency, cleaner production, waste and water management, recycling); 
  3. sustainable energy entrepreneurship, industrial development and innovation;

The center promotes all appropriate and sustainable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including renewable energy hybrid systems and mini-grids. The center focuses equally on RE&EE. The table below provides a detailed overview of the technologies under PCREEE's scope.

PCREEE Target Groups Technical Focus
  • Government institutions (ministries, electrification agencies, municipalities)
  • Private, public or public–private companies (e.g. SMEs, ESCOs, utilities)
  • Individual consultants and project developers
  • Universities, schools, research centres
  • NGOs and cooperatives
  • International organizations


Renewable Energy:

  • Renewable energy (multi-focus)
  • Biomass (e.g. improved stoves for cooking, power generation)
  • Biofuels (e.g. biodiesel, bioethanol)
  • Biogas
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydroelectric power (medium, small, micro, pico)
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) (e.g. grid/off-grid, stand-alone systems, lighting, pumping, desalination)
  • Concentrated solar power
  • Solar thermal (water heating, cooling, process heat, solar cooking and drying)
  • Wind energy (e.g. off/on-grid, on- and off-shore, small and large, water pumping, desalination, etc.)
  • Wave, tidal and ocean thermal
  • Hybrid Minigrids
  • Sustainable energy Storage (batteries, hydrogen)

Energy Efficiency:

  • Sustainable transport
  • Efficient appliances
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Efficient transmission and distribution
  • Energy conservation and management

Cross-cutting and nexus:

  • Sustainable city solutions
  • Energy for productive activities (e.g. value chain development)
  • Energy innovations and "green" business development
  • Energy for circular economy (e.g. cleaner production, resource efficiency)

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