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Accelerating the Transformational Shift to a Low-Carbon Economy in the Republic of Mauritius

TONNES of CO2 Anticipated tonnes of CO2 equivalent avoided


GCF results area
  • Energy generation and access
Gender benefits The additional reliable energy supply from the project is expected to improve access to electricity of poor female-headed households in the project area. UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #7 Affordable and clean energy

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Mauritius MUS

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD
  • AFD Loan USD
  • Government of Mauritius (including CEB) Grant USD
  • UNDP Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Mauritius
Accelerating the Transformational Shift to a Low-Carbon Economy in the Republic of Mauritius Approved December 2016 Est. implementation period 6.0 years Est. completion date 11 July 2023
Helping Mauritius mainstream renewable energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

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 project’s first phase (2017-2019) will strengthen the ability of the energy grid to use electricity generated by renewables and support institutional strengthening through the operationalization of the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA).

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
Approved funding proposal FP033 - UNDP - Mauritius 22 Mar 2017
Gender action plan FP033 - UNDP - Mauritius 06 Jun 2017
Gender assessment FP033 - UNDP - Mauritius 06 Jun 2017
ESS report FP033 - UNDP - Republic of Mauritius 30 Nov 2016
Accredited Entity
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms. Adriana Dinu Tel: +1 212 906 5143 Mr. Lucas Black Tel: +1 212 906 5842
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