On July 26, Fijian government ministries and agencies, private sector and civil society representatives and development partners provided inputs at a national consultation workshop in Suva, Fiji, for the development of Fiji’s Roadmap for implementation of its National Determined Contribution (NDC) in the energy sector. The NDC is Fiji’s commitment to the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC process to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Fiji’s NDC aims to achieve 30% emission reductions through achievement of close to 100% renewable energy electricity and improvements in energy efficiency across the whole economy by 2030.
The Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Economy is leading the development of NDC Roadmap, supported by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The national consultation workshop presented options analysis for short, medium and long-term actions in the electricity and transport sectors to meet the NDC targets.
The workshop was opened by the Permanent Secretary of Economy, Ms. Makereta Konrote who emphasized Fiji’s aim to uphold and advance the Paris Agreement during its Presidency of the COP saying “This is a rare opportunity for Fiji to take center stage, progress international climate discussions and advocate for important national and regional issues.” The Permanent Secretary also added that “as Fiji continues the critical work of addressing climate change and implementing the Paris Agreement, we must also work towards meeting the needs of our people whilst ensuring complementarity and connectivity of all efforts from the national to the regional and international level.”
The NDC Roadmap will enhance the Fijian Government’s ability to implement its NDC targets by mapping out and quantifying the key interventions necessary in the power generation and other sectors. Overall, the Roadmap will support country-driven processes and enhance integration into national planning, promote long-term climate action anchored in national development priorities, improve coordination and support multi-stakeholder engagement. It will also be used for establishing contacts with potential support providers with the aim of leveraging international support for NDC implementation.
The development of the Fiji NDC’s Roadmap is part of GGGI’s Global NDC Alliance which delivers services to governments to assist them in accelerating the implementation of their NDCs. “GGGI’s role is to assist Member countries, like Fiji, to develop policies, planning frameworks and roadmaps, such as the NDC Roadmap” said Katerina Syngellakis, GGGI Pacific Regional Representative. “The recent renewable energy projects in Nadarivatu, Nabou and Taveuni are just some examples of existing projects which are already contributing to GHG emissions reductions. In future, Fiji will look to use new policy initiatives coupled with cutting edge technology in renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet its NDC targets”
The workshop participants provided feedback and ideas on over 30 potential actions for the Roadmap. With the strategic foundation provided by the NDC Roadmap and a pipeline of projects, and supported by GGGI and other development partners, Fiji is well placed to meet its current international emissions reduction target and make the case for other countries to make the same commitment.