On January 26 and February 02, GGGI and Fiji’s Ministry of Economy hosted two government stakeholder consultation workshops in the capital, Suva. The workshops presented results and sought feedback on two renewable energy studies for islands prepared by GGGI.
The first workshop presented the results of a Pre-Feasibility Study for 100% Renewable Electricity Generation on Ovalau and Taveuni Islands, while the second reviewed the Fiji Biofuel Program. The two consultations aimed to build on the results to consider the possible next steps for the two studies that are being conducted by GGGI.
The sessions were facilitated by the Ministry of Economy and GGGI and opened by the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport and the Deputy Secretary, Department of Strategic Planning. The meetings brought together key stakeholders involved in the energy sector such as the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Public Enterprise, the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, the Office of the Commissioner Northern, the Office of the Commissioner Eastern, the Ministry of I-Taukei Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Fiji Electricity Authority and Copra Millers Fiji Ltd.
In moving toward 100% renewable energy on Ovalau and Taveuni, stakeholders are considering the use of wind, hydropower and battery storage technologies. The Pre-Feasibility workshop therefore discussed these options and suggested pathways for gaining international support, combined with private sector support towards the implementation of the 100% renewable target.
The stakeholder consultation session on the Review of the Fiji Biofuel Program, assessed the current status of the biofuel program, with the view of providing strategic and agreeing on a direction on the way forward. This session also looked at recommendations to feed into a five-year action plan for the biofuel program, including potential pilot projects.
GGGI is supporting the government implement the Fiji Green Growth Framework by identifying, designing and bringing to implementation green energy infrastructure projects. GGGI’s projects will support Fiji’s economic growth objectives while also having high social and environmental co-benefits and promoting inclusiveness through participation of island communities.