Small island states promoting effective energy transition to achieve a blue economy — a global issue
Renewable energy for small island states was part of the discussion at the IRENA General Assembly’s 14th session in Abu Dhabi. Credit: Amitava Chandra / Climate Visuals
  • Written by Aimable Twahirwa (abu dhabi)
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Experts say switching to renewable energy is a suitable option for island regions to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and reduce their environmental impact as SIDS countries decarbonize power generation. I predict it will be useful. Paris Agreement pledge and contribute to the global fight against climate change.

Furthermore, according to ocean energy technology, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is considered to be highly predictable and suitable for continuous power supply.

Dr. Vince Henderson, Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business, Trade and Energy, told IPS that the key is to focus on clean and efficient energy exploration and development, and to develop various forms of renewable energy. He said his priority was to

SIDS has demonstrated climate leadership through its 100% renewable energy goals, and experts believe it is important to realize these goals.

“Renewable energy innovation is a winning formula for the development of a blue economy,” Henderson said. The country generates 85 percent of its electricity from imported fossil fuels.

By 2030, renewable energy generation across SIDS member countries is expected to reach 9.9GW, up from the current 5GW.

According to an analysis by About the latest NDC from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)Achieving the additional capacity target requires a minimum investment of USD 10.5 billion, of which 3.2 GW is dependent on external financial support.

“It is critical that we develop new and improved systems to mobilize much-needed funding to implement effective decarbonization actions,” Mr Henderson said in an exclusive interview.

Some experts believe that the widespread use of renewable energy in SIDS could have a positive impact on reducing the cost of renewable energy such as solar PV, wind, and bioenergy, but reliability Providing high and affordable electricity is considered an important step to ensure the uptake of renewable energy in SIDS. People with SIDS have access to reliable social services such as health care, education, public transportation, and housing services.

Ms. Arrieta Gonereb Lakay, Islands Regional Program Officer; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); He told IPS that despite progress made in decarbonizing the power sector, challenges remain in transport, industry, tourism and island services.

This ambitious goal means island nations will continue to upgrade their renewable technologies to improve the efficiency and stability of power generation, while facilitating the rapid expansion of renewable energy installations.

“Driving this transformation requires international cooperation and collaboration between governments, regional and multilateral institutions, and the public and private sectors,” Lakai said in an exclusive interview.

Through established partnerships such as SIDS Lighthouse Initiative (LHI), This is coordinated by IRENA and small islands will benefit from newly established clean energy projects thanks to partnerships with various stakeholders working with donor agencies to provide efficient access to subsidies capacity has steadily increased.

New efforts are being made to explore energy to reap the benefits of blue economy resources, but some experts say renewable technologies are not yet cost-competitive with fossil fuels, but will grow more expensive over time. I believe it will be lower.

Miriam Dalli, Malta’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Grand Harbor Regeneration, said the development of alternative energy sources is crucial for the small islands to meet domestic electricity needs while reducing imports of electricity and fossil fuels. emphasized.

For example, Malta is an archipelago located in the Mediterranean Sea, where diesel generators are commonly used for electricity generation on the islands, and the main focus is on solar and wind power, increasing the share of primary energy consumption through renewable technologies. I’m focusing on that. It sweeps the coast and land.

Sea wave energy is another renewable energy source in Malta, which uses the energy released by waves to generate energy.

“Ocean energy is becoming the most viable means for small island energy generation,” Dali told IPS about the efforts the Mediterranean archipelago is currently undertaking to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Scientists and policymakers gathered in Abu Dhabi early last weekUnited Arab Emirates, for 14th IRENA session assembly. Current global efforts to decarbonize both energy supply and demand from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass are helping small islands reap the benefits of a rapidly growing ocean economy. Helps you enjoy it.

According to IRENA’s latest forecasts, ocean energy can provide clean, local, and predictable electricity to coastal states and island communities around the world, with a total capacity of 350 gigawatts (GW) by 2050. may be produced.

According to experts, the implementation of marine energy technologies will facilitate new sources of revenue and increased cash flow for the territories, and will also help reduce the levelized cost of electricity in these regions.

Kerryn James, Grenada’s Minister of Climate Resilience, Environment and Renewable Energy, points out that some islands, such as Grenada, are ideal for solar and geothermal power generation.

Grenada’s clean energy goals of increasing energy efficiency and deploying renewable energy through geothermal, wind and solar technologies are being achieved with renewable resources exceeding the current capacity of the power sector.

“We are currently in the process of further exploring various renewable energy sources and implementing appropriate plans to support grid resilience,” she told IPS.

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