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
Katerina Syngellakis

Pacific Regional Representative

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 • July 8, 2020

GGGI organizes Government Consultation to help mobilize Climate Finance for Vanuatu

On July 2, GGGI held a consultation workshop in Port Vila to discuss the ways in which the Government of Vanuatu can strengthen the coordination of external development funding and climate finance from donors and multilateral organizations. The workshop was led by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and attended by government officials from the Ministry […]

News • June 22, 2020

National Green Energy Fund launches first projects in Vanuatu

The National Green Energy Fund (NGEF) has recently launched its first pilot projects after setting up in 2018 as an independent public entity to source funds to help the Vanuatu government achieve its energy targets. Fishermen in Futuna now have a solar-powered refrigeration system to store their fish safely before sale, thanks to the first ever […]

News • May 29, 2020

Virtual Training of Trainers delivered on Solar PV Systems in Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu 29 May 2020 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE) of the Ministry of Climate Change – Vanuatu, conducted a two-day pilot training of trainers (ToT) workshop on the 26th and 27th of May, 2020 on draft Solar Photovoltaic (PV) training modules for the […]

News • May 4, 2020

Regional Pacific NDC Hub completes first phase of NDC implementation in the Pacific

On 31 March 2020, the Regional Pacific NDC Hub (NDC Hub) successfully completed the first phase of delivering NDC implementation activities in the Pacific region. GGGI is one of four NDC Hub delivery partners along with GIZ (lead partner), Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). During the first […]

News • March 31, 2020

Preparations underway for installation of solar-powered water pumps in Vanuatu

In March, GGGI, took important steps to install 24 solar-powered water systems on 5 outer islands in Vanuatu. The work is part of the “Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change through Solar Power-driven Access to Water in Rural Areas of Outers Islands, Vanuatu” project being delivered in partnership with the Vanuatu’s Department of Water Resources, with […]

News • March 27, 2020

GGGI: GCF Portfolio

Directing finance to where it is needed most Delivering inclusive growth while limiting climate change to 1.5°C will require the mobilization of finance at a historic scale. Over the next 15 years, it is estimated the world needs about USD 90 trillion in climate smart infrastructure – most of it in developing countries. Investing in […]

News • March 2, 2020

Success for the “Mobilizing Finance for Green Energy Projects” Initiative in Vanuatu

The “Mobilizing Finance for Green Energy Projects in Vanuatu” program, an initiative that was implemented by the Department of the Energy and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) from 2017 to 2019 has recently come to an end. The project produced several results, including mobilizing over USD 2 million in new funding leading to new […]

News • February 4, 2020

Fiji Prime Minister officially opens the Regional Pacific NDC Hub office

On February 04, Fiji Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub Office at the Pacific Community (SPC) campus in Suva, Fiji. This marked an important milestone for Pacific Island member countries determination to take a leading role in meeting the climate change targets set out in the […]

News • October 23, 2019

GGGI and OECS to Hold Panel Discussion on Regional Climate Change Support Mechanisms as Part of Virtual Island Summit

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean  States (OECS), in cooperation with Island Innovation, are hosting an online panel discussion on regional initiatives that support island states in setting and achieving climate change goals on October 24, 2019. The general public is invited to attend. Registration is available at this […]

News • October 15, 2019

GGGI launches multimedia knowledge sharing platform to highlight Pacific SIDS transition to renewable energy

SEOUL – October 15, 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) today launched a new platform, Powering Pacific Green Growth, to share knowledge and raise visibility about the steps and successes countries in the Pacific region are making to achieve Paris Agreement commitments and SDGs through the application and scale-up of clean, sustainable energy […]

News • October 3, 2019

Launch of the Vanuatu National Energy Road Map 2016-2030 Implementation Plan (NERM-IP)

Port Vila, Vanuatu, October 2 – The National Energy Road Map Implementation Plan (NERM-IP) developed by the Department of Energy with technical support from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was launched on Tuesday 1st October, by the Minister of Climate Change Adaptation Honourable Bruno Lengkon (MP). Minister Lengkon, formerly Minister of Foreign Affairs in […]

News • August 7, 2019

Greenpreneurs 2019: Mid-Program Update

Greenpreneurs 2019 is well underway with the 15 selected teams now deepening their skills to develop their green enterprises. The entire program will run over 12-weeks, from June to September 2019. As part of the support and development phase of the Greenpreneurs program, the selected shortlisted candidates are continuing to develop their businesses through weekly […]

News • June 12, 2019

15 shortlisted participants of the Greenpreneurs 2019 program to take part in a global competition

June 12, Seoul, Republic of Korea – Out of more than 200 participants, 15 were shortlisted from GGGI’s Member countries and countries where GGGI has operations, including Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, the UAE, and Vanuatu. This year, GGGI is pleased to have a variety of project ideas designed […]

News • April 30, 2019

GGGI Releases Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu – The Global Green Growth Institute today released the Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu.  The guide is designed to support local entrepreneurs in developing and launching green businesses in Vanuatu, helping to achieve Vanuatu’s climate change and environmental goals. The Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu is based on the content […]

News • April 15, 2019

Review of National Energy Road Map 2016-2030 Implementation Plan Making Good Progress

The Department of Energy (DoE in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) ), conducted a validation workshop on the review of the National Energy Road Map (NERM) 2016-2030 Implementation Plan (NERM-IP) at PMC Owen Hall in Port Vila on Monday 15 April. This validation workshop forms part of the ongoing work on the […]

News • April 10, 2019

Renewable Energy Capacity Building Project in Four Pacific Countries Launched

April 10, Suva – On April 9, Her Excellency Ms. Cho Shin-hee, Korean Ambassador to Fiji, launched a regional capacity building project targeting Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea at the project’s regional planning workshop at the Holiday Inn in Suva. Ambassador Cho Shin-hee launched the project by stressing that “climate change impacts […]

News • February 19, 2019

Stakeholders consulted for the review of the Vanuatu National Energy Road Map 2016-2030 Implementation Plan

Port Vila, Vanuatu, February 19 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Barrier Removal for Achieving the National Energy Roadmap Targets of Vanuatu (BRANTV) Project in partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE), conducted a consultation workshop on the review of the National Energy Road Map (NERM) 2016-2030 Implementation Plan (NERM-IP) today […]

News • February 12, 2019

GGGI Signs Project Agreement with Vanuatu Government to Implement Solar Water Pumping Project

On February 12, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Ministry of Climate Change and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources signed a Project Agreement for the joint implementation of a 2-year project funded by the Government of Luxembourg, which aims to enhance climate resilience through solar power-driven access to water in rural areas […]

News • February 11, 2019

KOICA, GGGI and PIDF to Implement Renewable Energy Capacity Building Project in Four Pacific Countries

In December 2018, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a grant agreement with the Korea International Development Agency (KOICA) to implement a project titled “Capacity building to strengthen sustainable implementation of renewable energy technologies for rural energy access.” KOICA will provide USD 1.5 million to support the 3-year project to be implemented in Fiji, […]

News • November 14, 2018

Workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Guide for Rural Tourism Bungalows

November 14, Port Vila – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with Vanuatu’s Departments of Energy and Tourism conducted a consultation workshop for energy and tourism stakeholders on November 14 to develop a Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) guide for rural bungalows. This guide responds to the green growth policy objectives of […]

Projects

Project
Project Reference Profiles – Vanuatu(VU04) Phase 3 of Support to the Vanuatu National Green Energy Fund: Operationalizing investment and Exit Strategy
Start Date Q1 Jan 1 2019
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 59,690
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Project
Project Reference Profiles – Vanuatu(VU3) Enhancing resilience to climate change through solar power driven access to water in rural areas of outer Islands (VU3-2000-1)
Start Date Q1 Jun 30 2018
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 1,772,495
Status Active
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Project
Project Reference Profiles – Vanuatu(VU07) Mobilizing the Vanuatu Private Sector Towards Climate Change Action
Start Date Q1 Apr 17 2019
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 225,009
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Project Reference Profiles – Vanuatu(VU1) Vanuatu – Mobilizing Finance for Green Energy Projects in Vanuatu
Start Date Q1 Jan 1 2017
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 104,669
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change Through Solar Power-driven Access to Water in Rural Areas of Outer Islands, Vanuatu
Start Date Q1 2019
Funding Source p
Actual Budget (USD) 1,785,495
Status Active
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Project
Capacity Building to Strengthen Sustainable Implementation of Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Energy Access
Start Date Q4 2018
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 1,500,000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Project
Vanuatu National Green Energy Fund (NGEF)
Start Date Q1 2016
Funding Source C
Actual Budget (USD) 0
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Project
Vanuatu National Green Energy Fund (NGEF)
Start Date Q4 2016
Funding Source C
Actual 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 C
Actual Budget (USD) 2,002,000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
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Reports

Renewable energy and energy efficiency guide for rural bungalow operators in Vanuatu Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Vanuatu
Report
Renewable energy and energy efficiency guide for rural bungalow operators in Vanuatu

Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Vanuatu

Green Growth in Action: Achieving Green Energy Transformation Nigeria  • Tanzania  • Gambia  • Cambodia  • Fiji
Report
Green Growth in Action: Achieving Green Energy Transformation

Nigeria  • Tanzania  • Gambia  • Cambodia  • Fiji  • India  • Mongolia  • Mozambique  • Rwanda  • Senegal  • Viet Nam  • Guyana  • Papua New Guinea  • Ethiopia  • Morocco  • Uganda  • Burkina Faso  • Indonesia  • Mexico  • Sustainable Energy  • Solomon Islands  • Thailand  • Vanuatu

Review of GGGI’s experience to design and operationalize NFVs to finance climate and green growth policy implementation Colombia  • Costa Rica  • India  • Jordan  • Mongolia
Report
Review of GGGI’s experience to design and operationalize NFVs to finance climate and green growth policy implementation

Colombia  • Costa Rica  • India  • Jordan  • Mongolia  • Rwanda  • Senegal  • Ethiopia  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu Pacific  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu
Report
Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu

Pacific  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

NDC Implementation Roadmap Development: Guidelines for Small Island Developing States Pacific  • Fiji  • Kiribati  • Papua New Guinea  • Tonga
Report
NDC Implementation Roadmap Development: Guidelines for Small Island Developing States

Pacific  • Fiji  • Kiribati  • Papua New Guinea  • Tonga  • 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

Eva Diaz Ugena

Program Lead (Vanuatu)

Paul Kaun

Officer- Vanuatu

Daniel Muñoz-Smith

Country Representative, Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Vanuatu