“Through this project, the people of Nauru can expect a more efficient and secure network which can serve a greater number of households” said Mr von Kirchmann, stressing that “the use of solar panels will require less fossil fuels and reduce air pollution.”
The EU Ambassador to Niue and the Pacific, Mr Andrew Jacobs added: "The programme will provide a reliable, affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply as well as diversifying the generation base to meet the socio economic development needs of Nauru."
The funds used for this project come from the 11th European Development Fund. The programme supports the needs of Nauru as identified in the National Indicative Programme 2014-2020 which maintains energy as the focal sector and is consistent with the country priorities and policies set out in the National Sustainable Development Strategy and the Nauru Energy Road Map. These infrastructureinvestments will improve the security of supply, enhance energy efficiency and renewable energy and would further reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel for electricity generation.
This programme is also relevant for the Agenda 2030. It contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of Sustainable Development Goal target 7, ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, but also promotes progress towards target 13, taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
In addition, the EU will provide support to the National Authorising Officer (NAO) or relevant offices and agencies throughout the entire EDF 11 life-cycle to ensure that Nauru fully benefits from the various programmes the EU supports in the region.
For further information, contact Mohammed Nazeem KASIM, EU Press Officer Suva, Fiji