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The programme will increase the energy efficiency of nine (9) health centres and reduce transmission and distribution losses in the electricity grid, allowing a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and financial savings.
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “The programme will assist Palau on its path towards achieving its nationally-determined contributions and implement its ambitious renewable energy policy, a priority for Palau’s sustainable economic development.”
The EU’s contribution, which comes from the European Development Fund, builds upon and complements the results achieved under the previous EU programme "North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP)".
The Action will be built around three mutually reinforcing pillars:
This holistic approach combining “hard components” (technical interventions on the infrastructures) and “soft components” (capacity building through technical assistance, participation to workshops, seminars, awareness raising) is expected to generate further improvements in other sectors through savings redistribution and developed efficiency measures. The programme should also induce a behavioural change of the Palauans’ attitudes towards energy conservation and energy efficient practices.
The Republic of Palau is located in the North Pacific and consists of eight main islands and more than 300 smaller ones. With a population of 21,503 inhabitants, Palau is highly dependent on imported fossil fuel for energy production which poses serious threats to Palau’s sustainable development.
Conservation efforts and fight against Climate Change are at the forefront of many Palau initiatives and the Palauan Government intends to have a 22% energy sector emission reduction below 2005 levels by 2025, with this being met through a 45% renewable energy target and a 35% energy efficiency target by 2025.
External support to achieve these targets is critical as the country has limited resources. Tourism and fisheries are the main activities of the country that is very vulnerable to external shocks, of natural or economic nature.