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Electricity in Kiribati in 2022

Global Ranking: #200
0.0% #200 Low-carbon electricity
28.07 % #101 Electrification
26.57 watts #182 Generation / person
655.00 gCO2eq/kWh #206 Carbon Intensity

Currently, Kiribati is facing significant challenges in terms of electricity consumption. The nation’s per capita electricity consumption stands at around 15 watts per person, which is considerably lower than the global average of 432 watts per person. The bulk of Kiribati's electricity generation comes from fossil fuels, which contribute heavily to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Very little of Kiribati's current electricity is generated from low-carbon sources like wind or solar, making the country's energy sector one of the least sustainable globally. Low levels of electricity generation impede economic development, limit educational and healthcare opportunities, and significantly affect the quality of life for its residents.


To increase low-carbon electricity generation, Kiribati can look to successful examples from other nations. For instance, Brazil has been highly effective in harnessing wind power, generating 96 TWh from this source, and India has made significant strides with solar power, generating 113 TWh. Small island nations similar to Kiribati, like the Caribbean islands, have also started integrating solar and wind technologies to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. By investing in solar and wind energy, Kiribati could not only enhance their energy security but also mitigate climate change impacts. Furthermore, studying countries like Germany, which generates 137 TWh from wind, can offer valuable insights into how to balance a diverse portfolio of clean energy sources.


Looking back at the history of low-carbon electricity in Kiribati, we can see that the integration of clean energy sources has been almost non-existent. The data from previous years shows no significant change in electricity generation from low-carbon sources. Throughout the decades, Kiribati has remained largely dependent on imported fossil fuels to meet its energy needs, which is neither sustainable nor economically viable in the long run. Efforts need to be ramped up to explore and invest in green energy technologies to build a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure for the future. This transition will not only reduce environmental impacts but also improve the overall energy independence of the nation.

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Data Sources

The the data source is Ember.
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