IKI supports Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

A solar power plant.

Renewable Energies on the island Cape Verde. Photo: GIZ; Cabéolica

The German Federal Environment Ministry has been committed for years to fostering a climate-friendly economy and the use of renewable energies. It is currently providing close to EUR 3 million in financing through its International Climate Initiative (IKI) for a new project to support the IRENA SIDS Lighthouse Initiative. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is implementing the project. It is working together with SIDS to develop comprehensive strategies to promote renewable energies and a sustainable supply of energy.

In the framework of the global Sustainable Energy for All (se4all) initiative, the United Nations has called for a doubling of the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36% by 2030. SIDS are particularly impacted by climate change as they are especially vulnerable to rising sea levels, and they are also highly dependent on fossil fuels to meet their energy demand. As these are usually expensive to import, some SIDS have already set themselves very ambitious goals to expand renewable energies.

The IKI project is developing measures with the island states that will enable a transition to increased use of local renewable energies. IRENA first presented plans for its Lighthouse Initiative in 2014 at the UN climate conference in New York. The Initiative pools the expertise and the support of 27 SIDS from the Caribbean, the Pacific, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea along with 18 other interest groups. This provides the governments of the island states with easier access to knowledge and services to help plan and implement renewable energy measures. The project also advises government bodies on how to develop low-emission strategies and how to pave a successful policy path for a national energy transition.