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Tonga's renewable energy ambitions boosted by REEEP

The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (REEEP) will help fund Tonga's Energy Roadmap, aiming to decrease dependence on imported fossil fuels, increase energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energy.

By Kari Williamson

The 10-year Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM) plan represents a dramatic restructuring of Tonga’s energy sector.

The REEEP funding will lay the foundations for the roll-out of the TERM, enabling the drafting of the legislative framework, and the making of specific recommendations on how institutions should be structured or adapted to realise the plan.

“The provision of technical assistance for the legislative review is fundamental to the energy sector reform for the Kingdom of Tonga,” says Lord Ma’afu, the Hon. Minister of Lands, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate, “and this project confirms REEEP’s status as a valuable development partner, reaffirming its commitment to helping Tonga towards a clean energy future.”

Martin Hiller, the Director General of REEEP, adds: “We are really pleased to be taking such a strategic role in enabling the planning for Tonga’s energy future. We’re particularly interested because the Tonga Energy Roadmap could also become a blueprint for other Pacific Island states that are grappling with similar challenges.”

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