The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) experienced warming of around 0.7°C between 1980 and 2017. Over the past decade, the country has made considerable advances in documenting climate-related risks, developing relevant policies and plans, and establishing and strengthening national and state institutions responsible for managing climate related risks.
In the framework of the Paris Agreement, the FSM submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) on 24 November 2015 to the UNFCCC Secretariat with an ambitious emission reduction target of 35% reduction by 2025. This target is equivalent to 108,000 tons of CO2 emission, or the production and use of 6 588 0000 smartphones.
Thus, investing in energy-efficient and low-carbon buildings is a cost-effective way to reduce emissions and the use of fossil fuels, improve air quality and provide many other benefits to society and governments. With the implementation of 19 hybrid ACDC solar air conditioners in six public buildings in Pohnpei, the FSM will reduce their buildings’ carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to approximately 29,000 kg CO2 annually.
Installed with the support of the Pacific Community (SPC), these conditioners are environmentally friendly, require no batteries and include a smart system that allows full control, complete visibility of AC and DC consumption. At current electricity tariff rates of USD 0.62 per kWh, this project presents a cost saving of approximately USD 24,000 annually with a payback period of roughly 3.5 years.
Moreover, the installation of solar air conditioners highlights how innovation is needed to support environmental goals. In partnership with the Pacific Regional NDC Hub and SPC, this success is key to supporting Pacific leadership for climate action.
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