Submitted by Sosikeni Lesa on Tue, 09/27/2022 - 18:25
Guests and Pacific COP negotiators at the PCCC launch.
September 27, 2022 by Sosikeni Lesa
Climate Change Resilience

27 September 2022, Apia - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) continues to demonstrate leadership in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas through the launch of the Pacific Climate Change Centre's (PCCC) Rooftop Solar System.

The project, made possible with the generosity of the Government of Japan and the Government of Ireland, and assistance of the Government of Samoa through the Office of the Regulator (OOTR) and the Electric Power Corporation (EPC), means 100% of the PCCC’s electricity is provided by the100-kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar system.

Samoa’s Acting Prime Minister and Acting Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Hon. Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, launched the initiative on the sidelines of the Pacific Small Island States (PSIDS) Preparatory Meeting for the UNFCCC COP27. The meeting is bringing Pacific nations together to deliberate, discuss and consolidate their positions on priority thematic areas ahead of the global negotiations in Egypt in November.

Acting PM Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio
Samoa’s Acting Prime Minister and Acting Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Hon. Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio turns the switch for the solar panels.

 

“The Pacific Island leaders reconfirm climate change as ‘the single greatest existential threat facing the Blue Pacific’ and emphasise the urgency of limiting the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C “through rapid, deep and sustained” Green-house House Gas emission reductions.  The leaders of the Pacific, including Samoa, have been collectively calling to amplify ambitious global action to limit global warming below 1.5°C in order for us to secure the future of our blue Pacific,” said Hon. Tuala.

“The 100% Pacific Climate Change Centre’s electricity provided by its 100-kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar system is a showcase of not only attainable ambition but of sustainable building technology in the Pacific. This also demonstrates that with small steps locally, everyone can collectively and collaboratively achieve a significant amount of greenhouse gas emission reductions in our Pacific region.”

Hon. Tuala was joined by SPREP’s former Director General, Leota Kosi Latu, who was instrumental in the establishment of the PCCC, to launch the project.

Leota Kosi Latu
Former SPREP Director General, Leota Kosi Latu, launched the solar panels with Hon. Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.

 

The design and construction of the Pacific Climate Change Centre are subsumed with the green guidelines which include the generation of affordable, low-carbon energy through the installation of 100% kWp. The PCCC is a showcase of not only attainable ambition but of sustainable building technology in the Pacific. The project also contributes to Samoa’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) efforts in increasing the uptake of renewable energy for electricity generation.

SPREP’s Director General, Mr Sefanaia Nawadra, reiterated that reducing net-zero emissions is necessary to limit global warming to well below 2oC and towards 1.5oC, which are the temperature targets of the Paris Agreement.

“Achieving these goals requires transformations in power, transport, agriculture, land use, buildings, industry, and waste management. Although there are solutions to transitioning to a carbon neutral economy, including technological and behavioural changes, and they often come with economic, social or development benefits, many obstacles prevent their implementation,” said Mr Nawadra. “The launch of the Pacific Climate Change Centre 100-kilowatt rooftop solar system is in line with the green guidelines which include the generation of affordable, low-carbon energy through the installation of renewable energy technologies. It also showcases that we walk the talk in our region and in the Pacific and doing our part to minimise GHG emissions and keeping to the 1.5 degrees target.”

Acting PM Tuala and officials at the launch.

Director General Mr Nawadra acknowledged the durable partnerships which made the project possible.

“SPREP would like to acknowledge the strong partnerships with Pacific Governments and the generous support of the Governments of Japan and New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the Irish fund, and the regional NDC hub through SPREP and partners. I would also like to thank our host Government Samoa, and for this project the office of the Regulator (OOTR) and the Electric Power Cooperation (EPC) and MNRE.”

ABOUT THE PCCC

The Pacific Climate Change Centre is the regional centre of excellence for climate change information, research and innovation, hosted at SPREP. The PCCC is a partnership between the Governments of Japan and Samoa. It is funded under grant aid through JICA for Samoa as the host country of SPREP.

The Pacific Climate Change Centre aims to deliver capacity development programmes in adaptation, mitigation, climate services and project development, promote and foster applied research, drive innovation and build capacity in these areas and improve the flow of practical information between met services, climate practitioners, policy makers, researchers, scientists and those implementing policies, programmes and projects.

It also aims to provide space for visiting researchers and experts to work from the PCCC and work directly in providing support to and for the benefit of Pacific island countries and territories and bring together partners to find innovative solutions to the challenges that climate change presents.