Since mid-2014, the en.lighten initiative and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have been collaborating on the development of a Pacific Efficient Lighting Strategy (PELS) in order to achieve a regional transition to energy efficient lighting. The collaboration will:
Estimate the quantitative environmental and economic benefits of a regional transition to energy efficient lighting and assess the current level of advancement of the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs);
Identify regional and national priorities for a regional transition to efficient lighting;
Provide assistance to SPC and stakeholders to develop a detailed regional strategy for the transition to efficient lighting following an integrated and coordinated approach;
Provide technical and methodological support to PICTs to adapt the regional plan to their national contexts and specific needs.
Strategy development is ongoing with regional authorities, national governments, the private sector and civil society. A draft Regional Efficient Lighting Status report was presented at an inception workshop
in September 2014 in Fiji, where five technical working groups were established to address 1) minimum energy performance standards; 2) supporting policies and finance; 3) monitoring, verification and enforcement; 4) environmentally sound management; and 5) off-grid lighting.
The PELS document is currently being drafted by the International Institute for Energy Conservation, in consultation with the working group members, UNEP, SPC and the Australian government. It is expected to be finalized by mid-2015 and endorsed by the PICT Energy Ministers by the end of the year.
The efforts of the UNEP en.lighten initiative activities in the Pacific region are supported by the government of Australia, as part of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement project.