With no conventional energy resources of their own, the islands of Kiribati seek to develop their renewable energy resources, particularly solar power and biofuel, to fight environmental degradation and overcome dependency on imported diesel fuel. 


Kiribati is developing a SREP investment plan that will focus on increasing the use of biofuels and coconut oil (CNO) in the power and transport sectors to replace imported diesel fuel. The plan will help to establish fuel standards and a testing facility for CNO-based biofuel.

Another objective will be to support mobile copra mills to reduce the cost of transporting coconuts from plantations. The plan also envisions procurement of an electric power generation (genset) designed for use with CNO for base load generation on the islands of Tarawa and Kiritimati.


On-grid access to electricity is 87% on Tarawa, 75% through multiple small grids on Kiritimati, and 54% on the outer islands


of Kiribati's outer island homes rely on solar lighting


The CIF programmatic approach to investment planning and implementation brings strategic value to CIF recipient countries. Working through a transparent, country-led process, the CIF fosters trust and collaboration among government ministries, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and the MDBs that implement CIF funding. Together, they translate Nationally Determined Contributions and other national development and climate strategies into an actionable CIF investment plan. Rather than one-off projects, the plan comprises long-term, sequenced investments that mutually reinforce each other and link to other critical activities, such as policy and regulatory reform and capacity building. Under national government leadership, CIF stakeholders continue to work together to implement the plan, continually assessing progress and sharing lessons learned along the way.