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It’s about SURVIVAL. “SIDS need a threshold of less than 1.5 To Stay Alive! Members of SIDS DOCK are likely to be the largest economic losers with large displaced populations if average global temperatures go beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, corresponding to 350 ppm, which is considered the threshold for the continued survival of ecosystems essential to livelihoods in Small Island Developing States and low-lying coastal States.”

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Fostering a blue economy: Offshore renewable energy

Offshore renewable energy – including offshore wind and solar power, as well as emerging ocean energy technologies – could support sustainable long-term development and drive a vibrant blue economy. For countries and communities around the world, offshore renewables can provide reliable, stable electricity, as well as support water desalination and aquaculture. This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) considers the status and prospects of offshore renewable sources and recommends key actions to accelerate their uptake. The development of renewable sources and technologies at sea promises to spur new industries and create jobs in line with the global energy transition. Offshore wind towers, with either fixed or floating foundations, and floating solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays offer clear technological and logistical synergies with the existing offshore oil and gas industry. Offshore renewables could provide clean power and ensure energy security for small island developing states (SIDS) and many of the least-developed countries (LDCs). Among other findings: The predictability of power generation from ocean energy technologies complements the variable character solar PV and wind. Desalination of seawater using renewable energy sources – including solar and wind power, but also direct solar and geothermal heat – can further enhance the sustainable blue economy. Renewable-based shipping, powered with advanced biofuels, hydrogen or synthetic fuels as alternatives to oil, offer further synergies with offshore renewable energy. Islands and coastal territories could adopt renewable-based electric propulsion for short-distance (< 100 km) sea transport. Two reports, released concurrently, examine the potential for offshore renewables: Fostering a blue economy: Offshore renewable energy Innovation outlook: Ocean energy technologies See an overview their key findings. Key findings are also... read more

IRENA and Ocean Energy Europe Partner to Drive Ocean Energy Industry

New IRENA reports forecast a 20-fold growth potential of ocean energy by 2030, providing coastal communities with a climate-safe roadmap for COVID-19 recovery The CEO of Ocean Energy Europe (OEE), Rémi Gruet and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Francesco La Camera, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at the annual Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition. The partnership will deepen existing cooperation to accelerate the commercialisation of ocean energy technologies, by promoting the right policy incentives and innovative business models in Europe and globally. Oceans hold abundant, largely untapped renewable energy potential that could drive a vigorous global blue economy, as two new studies, also released today by IRENA show. Fostering a blue economy: Offshore renewable energy and the Agency’s Innovation outlook: Ocean energy technologies find that in addition to providing mainstream power generation, a blue economy driven by offshore renewables will bring major benefits to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal communities. Ocean energy can not only help to decarbonise power generation, provide affordable and reliable access to electricity, help countries to fulfil Paris Agreement pledges and contribute to global climate action. Offshore renewables can help meet energy needs for shipping, cooling and water desalination, laying the foundation for a broad-based blue economy and industry. They create jobs, improve health, strengthen people’s livelihoods and foster wider socioeconomic opportunities for a green recovery from COVID-19. Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA said: “Renewable energy from oceans has the potential to meet four times the global electricity demand of today, foster a blue economy, and bring socio-economic benefits to some of the most vulnerable areas to climate change such as SIDS... read more

São Tomé e Príncipe Webinar

Download the report for free   On 20 November at 10 am (GMT – Portugal time), ALER in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructures and Natural Resources (MIRN) organized the webinar “Sustainable Energy to accelerate green recovery in São Tomé and Príncipe post-COVID 19”.   São Tomé and Príncipe is carrying out many initiatives that identify the country as a market with several investment opportunities in sustainable energy. This webinar is intended to inform about the renewable energy and energy efficiency market in São Tomé and Príncipe and raise awareness about its opportunities.   ALER’s most recent national report on São Tomé and Príncipe Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report was presented, which was co-financed by Camões institute and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).   The program had as speakers MIRN, the international cooperation partners of STP responsible for the support programs for the energy sector and companies that will invest in renewable energy projects in the country.   Watch the webinar here. Recording of the Event See here the recording of the event. São Tomé and Príncipe Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report ALER with the support of Instituto Camões and UNIDO published on November 2020 the... read more

In Case You Missed It: CREEBC Webinar

  < The CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) belongs to us, says Z. Churchill Norbert. It has gone through extensive stakeholder consultation and, was unanimously endorsed by COTED. In case you missed or wish to review content from yesterday’s webinar: What’s in it for me? A Discussion on the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC), please see the below resources: Webinar Recording Presentation on the CREEBC by Z. Churchill Norbert Presentation on Energy Efficient Building Design – A Global Perspective by Cornelia Schenk Presentation on LEED in the Caribbean by Amoy Theobalds-Prospere Read-only copy of the... read more

São Tomé and Príncipe is a country of opportunities.

São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) is a country of opportunities. The energy resources are vast and are not limited to charcoal or firewood. The country has some water courses with enormous potential to produce electricity. There is sunshine throughout the national territory and during the 12 months of the year. It has forests, palm trees in large areas, and all of these renewable sources can be converted into electricity. The Contador Hydroelectric Power Plant, with its 2.0 MW installed, and with more than 50 years of existence, is the only one currently in operation and the main renewable source of electricity generation in the country. Solar energy, with strong decentralized potential, constitutes an energy potential for Santomeans in rural and peri-urban areas. Since the colonial era, STP has been its betting and intends to intensify the use of its renewable potential, particularly hydro energy, in order to bring more and more energy, with quality, and above all, to meet the need to reduce the current primary and main source of electricity in the country, diesel. Electricity is a prerequisite for all economic activity and for civilizational and human development, as well as other activities such as water supply, health care and education. The evolution and performance of the national economy is slowly accelerating, based on strong and increasingly diversified agricultural potential, small-scale agro-industry, and the service sector, especially tourism. The prospect of economic growth in STP is sustainable and requires a more active contribution from the private sector, in order to contribute and boost the efforts made by the Government to create more jobs and to improve the well-being... read more

Heremoni Onosai Suapaia- Ah-Hoy Elected to SIDS DOCK Executive Council

Heremoni Onosai Suapaia- Ah-Hoy Elected to SIDS DOCK Executive Council   2 October 2020, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: His Excellency The Rt. Honourable Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and President of the fifth Assembly of SIDS DOCK, is pleased to announce the election of Ms. Heremoni Onosai Supaia-Ah-Hoy, Assistant Chief Energy Officer (ACEO), Energy Policy and Coordination Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of the Independent State of Samoa, to the Executive Council of SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization. Ms. Supaia-Ah-Hoy, whose term expires on 31 December 2021, replaces Mr. Sione Foliaki, former ACEO for Samoa’s Energy Policy and Coordination Division, who retired in October 2019, after sterling and dedicated service to the Government of Samoa, the SIDS DOCK Executive Council and the people across Small Island Developing States.   SIDS DOCK is a United Nations (UN)-recognised international organisation established in 2015, with all the rights and privileges for addressing climate change, resilience, and energy security in small islands. SIDS DOCK represents 32 small islands and low-lying developing states across the globe, and is so named because it is designed as a “DOCKing station,” to connect the energy sector in SIDS with the global markets for finance and sustainable energy technologies. The organisation’s work is coordinated by the Secretariat, in Belmopan, Belize.   In making the announcement, Prime Minister Mitchell said that, “Ms. Suapaia-Ah-Hoy’s nomination to the Executive Council is a welcomed addition, as she brings years of experience, having been involved in helping to chart Samoa’s energy pathway to achieve a low carbon economy. She has successfully... read more

What is SIDS DOCK?

It is an initiative among member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to provide the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a collective institutional mechanism to assist them transform their national energy sectors into a catalyst for sustainable economic development and help generate financial resources to address adaptation to climate change.”