The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification’s (MMERE) Energy Division is responsible for the function of ensuring that Solomon Islands is able to meet its international energy obligations under relevant treaties, conventions, programs and initiatives.
These treaties, conventions and programs include:
- The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
- Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
- Montreal Protocol and its Subsequent Amendments
- Pacific Islands Framework for Energy Security in the Pacific
- Secretariat of the Pacific Community
- Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) under the World Bank administered Climate Investment Fund (CIF)
- SIDS DOCK Programs
- International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
The Ministry’s Energy Division, through its National Ozone Unit is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the national government’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol and its subsequent amendments. In collaboration with the Ministry of Finance’s (MoFT) Customs & Excise Department, this Unit monitors imports of ozone depleting substances into the country and halts any prohibited substance at the country’s ports of entry.
The Energy Division’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Section also ensures that permits issued for imported and restricted electrical appliances meet the requirements of the Pacific Appliances Labelling and Standards (PALS).