Overall Objective

GGGI’s objective in Vanuatu is to support the government’s operationalization of the National Green Energy Fun and to mobilize financing for green energy projects.

Strategic Outcome Targets

GHG Reductions Target Setting in Progress
Green Jobs Target Setting in Progress
Sustainable Services Target Setting in Progress
Air Quality Target Setting in Progress
Ecosystem Services Target Setting in Progress
Enhanced Adaptation to Climate Change Target Setting in Progress
Contact
Paul Kaun

Officer- Vanuatu

Resource Partner

GGGI Core Funding

Government Counterpart

Ministry of Climate Change

Department of Energy

Ministry of Finance

Context

Vanuatu, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) consisting of more than 80 remote islands, is highly vulnerable to climate change. The country’s population of about 235,000 is dispersed across 65 of its islands, many of them far from the urban centers of Port Vila and Luganville. Approximately 73% of Vanuatu’s population does not have access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas. While Vanuatu’s economic performance has improved in recent years, its remoteness, small market size and limited institutional capacity remain key barriers to green growth.

In collaboration with the World Bank, GGGI provided technical assistance to the Department of Energy for the revision of the National Energy Road Map (NERM) which identified five strategic areas for policy intervention in the energy sector: accessible energy, affordable energy, secure and reliable energy, sustainable energy, and green growth. In addition, a financing gap of at least $20 million was identified to achieve national energy access targets.

The National Green Energy Fund (NGEF) in order to address the issues around financial resources for energy access. The objective of the NGEF is to improve electricity access through renewable energy and to enhance energy efficiency throughout the country, in particular for rural households and business. The NGEF is part of the revised NERM, and will be used as a tool to implement the objectives of the NERM to achieve 100% rural electrification and promote business and income-generating activities in the rural areas through use of renewable energy. In addition, the Department of Energy has prepared a study on rural electrification through solar mini-grids as a means to improve electricity access to households and business, and is also conducting a nationwide hydropower resource assessment. GGGI has also assisted in identifying potential renewable energy projects by developing a pipeline of project ideas on solar mini-grids, renewables for tourism, rural water supply, and biomass for electricity.

Improving access to renewable energy will have a significant impact on poverty reduction and social inclusion, given its contribution to green growth in other sectors, including tourism, agriculture, and water. Ensuring the availability of financing, as well as developing the capacity of the government to deploy resources for the implementation of renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects, will be a critical area for continued GGGI support.

News

News • August 30, 2018

GGGI Showcases Pacific Green Cities Work at Clean Pacific Roundtable in Fiji

GGGI participated in the Clean Pacific Roundtable organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program, held in Suva, Fiji from August 20 – 22, 2018. The roundtable this year focused on marine litter in the Pacific region. The session was opened by the Prime Minister of Fiji, His Excellency Frank Bainimarama. The Prime […]

News • August 23, 2018

New Partnership Formed for a Sustainable Pacific Environment

August 23, Suva, Fiji – The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of  the Clean Pacific Roundtable and associated events this week in Suva, Fiji. The new partnership will see the organisations working together to support Pacific […]

News • August 10, 2018

Calling all Pacific GREENpreneurs!

** Application deadlines for Vanuatu and Kiribati have been extended!  See below ** Passionate about an environmental or social issue? Committed to being part of the solution though creating sustainable businesses that contribute to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous Pacific? Apply now to join us at one or both trainings offered during the week! […]

News • August 7, 2018

Vanuatu Parliament Approves Bill for the National Green Energy Fund

In June 2018, the parliament of Vanuatu approved the National Green Energy Fund (NGEF) bill, supported unanimously by both the government and opposition members. The bill was then gazetted in July 2018 as Act 10 of 2018.  As the first national financing vehicle for the Vanuatu energy sector, this legislation will contribute towards accelerating the […]

News • July 27, 2018

GGGI and Partners Support Meeting of Pacific NDC Hub Focal Points

Thirteen out of fourteen Pacific Island governments have nominated their focal points for the Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions Hub (Pacific NDC Hub) showing the on-going commitment of the region to accelerating its full establishment and operationalization. The focal points agreed on the process for selection of steering committee members and indicated that it must be […]

News • May 28, 2018

GGGI signs a Funding Agreement with Luxembourg to enhance climate resilience through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas in Vanuatu

Seoul, Republic of Korea, May 28 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a Funding Agreement with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg today to work on a project which aims to enhance climate resilience through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas of Outer Islands in Vanuatu. The Agreement was signed […]

News • May 16, 2018

Vanuatu Holds Investor Forum for National Green Energy Fund

Two events were held in Port Vila on May 15 and 16 for the National Green Energy Fund (NGEF), a Stakeholder Workshop and an Investor Forum by the NGEF Unit under the Ministry of Climate Change supported by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  The NGEF is the first national […]

News • May 4, 2018

Pacific Island Countries’ Leadership on NDC Implementation

From the NDC Partnership.  The Pacific is home to small island countries that are already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters.  While the region has made significant development progress, economic growth is hampered in many of these countries by their isolation from major markets […]

News • April 9, 2018

GGGI Pacific Instrumental in NDC Pacific Hub Stakeholder Consultation

The Global Green Growth Institute, together with GIZ, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are among a group of partners working together to create a new initiative aimed at assisting Pacific island countries with achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.  […]

News • April 6, 2018

GGGI contributes to First-Ever Private Sector Climate Finance Tradeshow in Vanuatu

GGGI was the main sponsor among other regional and international development agencies to host and share climate finance experiences with private sector and industry representatives at the recent Climate Finance Tradeshow in Vanuatu. The two-day event (4th and 5th April 2018) was held at the Le Lagoon Warwick Hotel and was well attended by more […]

News • March 6, 2018

Promoting Green Growth to Meet Global Aspirations for Gender Equality

Promoting Green Growth to Meet Global Aspirations for Gender Equality By Frank Rijsberman SEOUL, Mar 6 2018 (IPS) – The world has seen tremendous economic growth over the last decades, which has led to poverty reduction and increased welfare for millions of people. Environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness are key to the resilience of these gains and […]

News • November 28, 2017

GGGI and Government of Vanuatu are steadily moving toward to legally establish National Green Energy Fund

It was a busy week for the development of the National Green Energy Fund (NGEF) in Vanuatu. On November 22nd and 24th, GGGI and the Government of Vanuatu (GoV) held NGEF technical workshops in Luganville and Port Vila where different topics were discussed such as Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technologies and several financing options. […]

News • October 26, 2017

Ten Off-Grid Tourism Bungalows in Vanuatu to get Solar Freezer Systems

A signing ceremony was held on October 13 at the Energy4All premises in Port Vila between the Government of Vanuatu, represented by the Director General of the Ministry of Climate Change, Mr. Jesse Benjamin and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), represented by Ms Katerina Syngellakis, the GGGI Pacific Regional Representative, for the transfer of […]

News • April 24, 2017

Vanuatu Energy Demand Projection Report Launch

A report on ‘Vanuatu Energy Demand Projections: Business As Usual Scenario’ was officially launched on the 20th of April, 2017 at Holiday Inn Resort by the Acting Director of Department of Energy, Mr. Christopher Simelum and the Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI) Representative for Fiji and Vanuatu, Ms Katerina Syngellakis. This report was prepared with […]

News • December 22, 2016

Vanuatu eyes clean, green and inclusive tourism by 2030

Around the world, Vanuatu is known as one of the most culturally-rich and stunning places on earth. Tourists holiday here each year to take in its unique culture and natural landscape, with the tourism industry contributing around 50% of the country’s economy. But, bringing vacationers and the economic benefits they provide to the more remote […]

News • October 19, 2016

Lini Launches Updated National Energy Roadmap

The updated Vanuatu National Energy Road Map (NERM): 2016-2030 was formally launched by the Minister of Climate Change, Ham Lini, yesterday afternoon at the Meteo Complex in No. 2, Port Vila, in the presence of Government officials and representatives from the development partners and energy stakeholders. Read the full article at the Vanuatu Daily Post.

Projects

Project
Vanuatu National Green Energy Fund (NGEF)
Start Date Q1 2016
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 0
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Project
Vanuatu National Green Energy Fund (NGEF)
Start Date Q4 2016
Funding Source Core and Green Climate Fund (GCF Readiness Project)
Approved Budget USD 10 000 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Project
Mobilizing Finance for Green Energy Projects in Vanuatu
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 2 002 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Reports

Insight Brief – Solutions for the Missing Middle: The Case for Large-Scale Mini-Grid Development Fiji  • Indonesia  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu
Report
Insight Brief – Solutions for the Missing Middle: The Case for Large-Scale Mini-Grid Development

Fiji  • Indonesia  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

Vanuatu Country Planning Framework: 2017-2021 Sustainable Energy  • Vanuatu
Report
Vanuatu Country Planning Framework: 2017-2021

Sustainable Energy  • Vanuatu

Vanuatu Energy Demand Projections: Business As Usual Scenario   Sustainable Energy  • Vanuatu
Report
Vanuatu Energy Demand Projections: Business As Usual Scenario  

Sustainable Energy  • Vanuatu

GGGI In-Country Staff

Paul Kaun

Officer- Vanuatu

Christopher Simelum

Analyst - GIS- Vanuatu/Fiji