SPC helps countries benefit from energy data
Do you know what percentage of the population in your country has access to electricity? Do you know how dependent your country is on fuel imports? Do you know what the energy consumption level is in your country? Do you know what the carbon footprint of your country is? The energy team at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has answers to these and many other questions relating to energy and development in the Pacific.
SPC has a mandate to review and strengthen the national capacity of Pacific Islands countries and territories (PICTs) in gathering, collation, management, dissemination and analysis of energy data to better inform national and regional energy planning and policy choices. With valuable expertise in a wide range of sectors and a broad membership in the region, SPC is uniquely placed to do this. The statistics, data and information available from SPC are nothing short of a goldmine for policy-makers who rely on high-quality data and statistics to formulate effective energy policies/ plans and aid delivery. Building on its strength in this area, SPC played a key role at the Pacific Energy Summit (held in New Zealand in March 2013), where SPC Director-General, Dr Jimmie Rodgers was moderator for two sessions and a panelist for a third.
SPC’s message to the delegates was clear—a comprehensive analysis of energy supply and demand dynamics is crucial for improving understanding of the sector and for attracting more investment in clean, affordable and reliable energy services. Dr Rodgers presented to the meeting some facts relevant to energy policy that SPC has brought to light through its broad multi-sectoral approach.
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