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 • 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 […]

News • November 12, 2018

GGGI Supports Pacific Islands Transport Forum and Expo in Fiji

November 12, Suva, Fiji – The Pacific Islands Transport Forum and Expo was hosted this week by the Government of Fiji in conjunction with the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fjji. The three-day event drew over one hundred participants representing the private sector, governments, and other […]

News • October 1, 2018

Vanuatu Greenpreneurs Week Cultivates Local Green Businesses

Last week, budding entrepreneurs and experienced sustainable business owners gathered in Port Vila for Vanuatu Greenpreneurs Week.  Jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Pacific Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE), the event was aimed at cultivating development of local businesses that help address environmental or social issues as […]

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 […]

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

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

Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

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

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

Paul Kaun

Officer- Vanuatu

Christopher Simelum

Analyst - GIS- Vanuatu/Fiji