Accelerating the Transformational Shift to a Low-Carbon Economy in the Republic of Mauritius
- Energy generation and access
- #7 Affordable and clean energy
Location & People
- Mauritius MU
- Public / Private
- Project size:
- E&S Risk category:
- Category A
- Category B
- Category C
- Instrument Grant USD
- AFD Loan USD
- Government of Mauritius (including CEB) Grant USD
- UNDP Grant USD
Project ownersAccredited Entity
- Access Modality: International
- Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Mauritius
With imported fossil fuels supplying 84 percent of Mauritius’ primary energy requirements, the country is vulnerable to outside energy shocks, like many other Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Also, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing at a rate of 3 percent per year, while the country’s energy generation mix is dominated by imports of coal (39 percent) and fuel oil (38 percent).
This project is aimed at enabling the Government of Mauritius to meet its target of using renewables to supply 35 percent of the country’s energy needs by 2025. This is part of a broad national strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels – to enhance energy security and climate change mitigation, and to improve the country’s balance of payments.
The project will remove bottlenecks to investments in low-carbon development in two phases:
- Phase 1: Supporting grid-connected, intermittent renewable energy; and
- Phase 2: Establishing a photovoltaic mini-power grid for Mauritius’ principle outer island, Agalega.
The second phase (2020-2024) will draw upon lessons learned during the first phase to accelerate the deployment of solar energy in Agalega. The ability to supply clean energy to a remote island like Agalega is a good example that can be replicated in other SIDS.
The project has an estimated lifespan of 20 years.
|Document title||Published date|
|Funding proposal||22 Mar 2017|
|ESS report||30 Nov 2016|
|Gender assessment||06 Jun 2017|
|Gender action plan||06 Jun 2017|
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms. Adriana Dinu Tel: +1 212 906 5143 Mr. Lucas Black Tel: +1 212 906 5842