NEA and Expertise France sign MOU to implement Green Energy Initiatives

The National Energy Authority (NEA) and Expertise France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement green energy-related activities within the framework of the national component of the European Union-funded Forestry-Climate Change-Biodiversity (EU-FCCB) Programme in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over the period 2024-2027.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by representatives from the European Union Delegation to PNG, the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), as well as divisional managers and focal points from NEA and other stakeholder agencies.

This MoU marks a significant milestone for NEA in its efforts to promote green energy and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the PNG’s Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

During the signing ceremony, Mr. Ronald Meketa, Managing Director of the NEA, expressed his appreciation for the partnership, stating, “I thank the European Union for the support and commend Expertise France and my team from NEA for finalizing the action plan. This partnership will kickstart our join efforts towards strengthening capacity of NEA as a new regulating authority to advance application of renewable energy in the country through revising sub-sector policies and establishing an energy repository hub within the NEA”.

Mr. Alaric Vandenberghe, EU-FCCB National Component Project Manager from Expertise France, acknowledged the leadership of NEA and the presence of stakeholders at the signing ceremony. He remarked, “We are privileged to partner with NEA and other government agencies to support the efforts of the Government and People of Papua New Guinea in driving climate actions and environmental protection while advancing the development of a green economy.”

Mr. Floyd Lala from DNPM emphasized the importance of aligning this project with the national sustainable development agenda, particularly with the Medium-Term Development Plan 4 (MTDP-4) Strategic Priority Areas.

Ms. Monica Vazquez Pablo from the EU Delegation to PNG congratulated NEA and Expertise France on establishing this partnership agreement and encouraged stakeholders to maximize the benefits of this collaboration.

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