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22-24 June, Martinique. Islands have been early supporters of renewable energy technologies to reduce the burden of high energy costs through economically viable and promising solutions to their energy challenges. Many have taken great strides towards energy transformation through the roll out of national energy plans, bold renewable energy targets, new partnerships, innovative technical approaches, and significant new investments. At the global level, islands have provided strong political leadership in promoting renewable energy as a key element of sustainable development and a major contribution to efforts on climate change.

PNG Biomass was invited to make a presentation at a workshop on Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables, organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean. The workshop was attended by over 200 delegates from a range of companies as well as government, financial and research institutions from or representing Island economies across the globe.

On June 24, Michael Henson (Project Director of PNG Biomass) made a presentation to the workshop titled “Building a Sustainable Biomass Business in Papua New Guinea”. The presentation was well received by the workshop participants. A copy of the PNG Biomass presentation can be downloaded using the link below. A full conference program as well as other presentations from the workshop, is available from the IRENA website.

The conference developed the Martinique Action Plan (MAP) for renewable energy deployment on islands, with a clear set of practical steps for deployment of renewable energy resources and technologies.

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