PG2 Papua New Guinea Supporting improved policy settings

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission
Start Date Q1  Sept 10 2018
End Date q1 Jul 31 2019
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 130,225
Budget Percentage %
Actual Expenditure (USD) 122,476
Status Complete
GGGI Share (USD) 0
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium)
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) UNDP
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
GGGI Project Code : PG2
Project Manager and Staff +
Jan Stelter

Senior Analyst, Green Growth Potential Assessment

Katerina Syngellakis

Pacific Policy Advisor

Project context, objectives and description

The UNDP in partnership with the GEF will deliver the Facilitating Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Applications for Greenhouse Emission Reduction Project (FREAGER).  

This project aims to demonstrate the potential of renewable and energy efficiency measures in PNG. It will be delivered under four components. These components are i.) Analysis, assessment and improvements in energy policy and regulations ii.) The demonstration of the benefits of renewable energy technology through the piloting of micro-hydro and mini-solar projects iii.) The development of models to better finance renewable energy solutions among communities iv.) Efforts to increase normative change on the use of renewable energy and greater energy efficiency among decisions makers. Together they will aim to demonstrate a range of renewable technologies to encourage their broader replication and up-take. GGGI was hired to carry out the first component of the project. 

Both renewable energy and energy efficiency are vast areas of analysis. While renewable energy is mostly used for electricity generation, it also has relevant applications for heat and transport. Using renewables for electricity generation should distinguish between on-grid and off-grid infrastructure as well as between individual sources such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, etc., each with its challenges and solutions. Similarly, energy efficiency measures are relevant buildings, transport, and industry sectors, ranging from improved insulation to more energy efficient motors and less energy intensive processes. 

To make the findings of the policy gap analysis as well as the of recommendations as relevant as possible, the analysis focussed on areas where renewable energy and energy efficiency measures are most relevant in PNG, i.e. where they offer the most benefits at the lowest cost. The reports provide a detailed rationale for the areas and technologies they recommend. 

The overall objective of this project is to demonstrate a range of renewable technologies to encourage their broader replication and up-take and this project is aligned with IO1. Strengthened national, sub-national and local green growth planning, financing, and institutional frameworks. 

Type of services provided, and results achieved

ImpactIncreased access to electricity from renewable source. 


  • Support for UNDP and the Government of PNG to implement and enforce policies, plans, and regulation to promote the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. 

Project Outputs completed in 2019: 

i. Green Growth Policies:N/A

ii. Green Investments:N/A

iii. Capacity Building and Knowledge Products:  

  • 2 Knowledge products produced: Socio-economic analysis and policy gap analysis to support improvement of policy settings.