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SIDS-SIDS Partnership: Sustainable Energy for Blue Island Economies
by SIDS DOCK, PCREEE, CCREEE, ECREEE, UNIDO (Intergovernmental organization)
The Small Island Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK), the Pacific Community (SPC), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are partnering on the establishment of a network of regional sustainable energy centres for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Africa. The network is supported by the Government of Austria, Spain and other international partners.

Laudable progress has been achieved: the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) has become operational in Bridgetown, Barbados, and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) in Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in Praia, Cabo Verde, acts as SIDS DOCK hub for African islands.

The individual centres respond to the urgent need for increased sub-regional cooperation and technical capacities to address barriers hindering the uptake of sustainable energy and climate resilience markets, industries and innovation. Through regional approaches and methodologies, the centres complement and accelerate national efforts in the areas of policy and regulation, capacity development, knowledge and data management, awareness raising, as well as the promotion of investment, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The network offers a platform to cooperate on common sustainable energy island issues and adapted technology solutions, which are of high relevance for the implementation of SDG-14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Therefore, the aim of this voluntary commitment is to contribute to a better integration of the energy nexus into the SDG-14 implementation process and the blue economy/industry concept. Moreover, it will contribute to a better understanding of the synergies between particularly SDG-14, SDG-7, SDG-9 and SDG-13. Key priorities of the commitment are:

- To accelerate the market introduction and commercialisation of ocean energy technologies such as wave, tidal or ocean thermal energy conversion; in terms of technology deployment, some of the technologies still have to overcome major barriers; SIDS can become technology accelerators and innovation hubs by providing a platform for testing, verification and provision of real-time data.

- To systematically address the nexus between energy, waste management, costal and fresh water protection in SIDS; the excessive dumping of organic waste and effluent into the sea leads not only to the loss of a valuable commodity it is also increasingly harming coral reefs, touristic beaches and fisheries, which are major income sources for many islands; at the same time, most SIDS are suffering from extremely high energy prices due to the dependency on fossil fuel imports; organic waste to energy solutions are an interesting technology option to promote domestic economic development, mitigate coastal and marine pollution and reduce fossil fuel spending, i.e.: biogas plants using feedstock from agro industries, treated sewerage sludge, waste materials from rum distilleries, breweries, food markets, slaughterhouses and fishery;

- To address the nexus between sustainable energy and small-scale fishery in SIDS; the replacement of diesel generation or outdated cooling equipment through lower-cost renewable energy and energy efficient solutions can play an important role in increasing the productivity and competitiveness of domestic small-scale fishery;
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Reduce energy costs for cooling and processing through renewable energy and energy efficiency
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
May 2018
Network of regional sustainable energy centres is fully operational and adds value to the SDG-14 and blue economy concept implementation;
May 2025
The regional program Energy Services from Organic Waste for productive uses: Integrated waste management solutions for coastal, marine and freshwater protection is developed and under implementation.
May 2025
Program to promote sustainable energy investments in small-scale fisheries in SIDS is developed and under execution.
May 2025
SIDS industry technology accelerator platform for testing, verification and provision of real-time data on ocean energy technologies is established; first utility-scale ocean thermal energy conversion generation plant in the Caribbean developed to financial close;
Financing (in USD)
1,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff / Technical expertise
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - May 2025
SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organisation (SIDS DOCK) Pacific Community (SPC) and Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Governments of Austria and Spain
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Albert Binger, Interim-Director of CCREEE, Secretary General of SIDS DOCK, abinger@sidsdock.org; abinger@ccreee.org; m.lugmayr@unido.org; SolomoneF@spc.int; Devon.Gardner@caricom.org; jdelgado@ecreee.org,
Bridgetown, Barbados
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