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) on the 19th February at the Melanesian Hotel in Port Vila. The focus of the workshop was to identify key interventions necessary in addition to the ongoing and planned activities that are currently under way in the energy space for achieving the objectives of the NERM. Hence, the stakeholders were invited to propose relevant interventions to be discussed during the workshop with the aim of reaching consensus among participating key stakeholders.
This consultation workshop forms part of an ongoing work on review of the NERM-IP which the Department is currently undertaking. The current review of the NERM-IP will also analyze progress against NERM targets and objectives to date and will make projections on further progress to be expected based on initiatives under preparation and in the pipeline. Furthermore, a Provincial Sustainable Energy Action Plan will be developed to ensure strategic alignment of energy programs in the NERM-IP are mainstreamed into Provincial and Municipal level of administration. This activity will also ascertain the institutional capacity especially within the DoE necessary for the implementation of the NERM-IP and develop a Monitoring Reporting and Verification for the energy sector in Vanuatu.
During his opening remarks at the workshop, Mr Antony Garae, Director of Energy emphasized the imortance of having a realistic implementation plan for the energy sector and the need for alignment of activities to achieve national energy objectives in the NERM and also acknowledged the presence of workshop participants. Those presented at the workshop included representatives from the key goverrnment institutions, development partners and the main private sector energy players in this Pacific island country.
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