Pacific Nations to Launch Major Renewables Program

Twenty countries from Pacific Rim countries will launch a regional project this week to promote renewable energy.

MANILA, Philippines, PH, 2001-04-16 <> The three-year project is financed by the Netherlands and the Asian Development Bank on a grant basis, and will promote investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that will increase access to energy services by poor rssidents, as well as to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The Promotion of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Abatement (PREGA) will be launched during a three-day workshop in Manila later this week, sponsored by the ADB. The session will be attended by government officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam. Representatives from international organizations, bilateral agencies and energy research institutes will also participate, including Jose Isidro Camacho, Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Energy, and Rolf Zelius, Chief of ADB’s Office of Environment & Social Development. The workshop will discuss project implementation arrangements and approaches to country plans. It will launch the PREGA project and orient participants on the implementation arrangements of the project. By the end of the session, participants will be familiar with PREGA and its implementation arrangements, and be aware of current projects and programs on renewable energy, energy efficiency and GHG abatement. Participation is by invitation only, and the session will include a discussion of the Technical Manual for the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, developed by Jayant Sathaye of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Victor Venida of Manila University. Other presentations will be provided on the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund, the UNEP Collaborating Center for Energy, and the Global Environment Facility.