The Fijian Government’s commitment to Sustainable Development in the energy sector remains unwavering, in the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable and renewable energy for the whole nation.

 Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Jone Usamate made the comments at the International Symposium on Renewable Energy, Environment and Climate Change 2019 in Nadi today. 

He said a lot of work has been taking place to make the achievement of these targets a reality. 

“The Fiji Government is committed to Sustainable Development and we have a number of ambitious targets and Plans towards building a Climate-Resilient country,” he told the gathering.  

“Fiji has a 5-year and 20-year National Development Plan (NDP) and National Determined Contribution (NDC) Implementation Roadmap.” 

He added that Government had an aim to achieve 100 per cent of electricity generation through renewable energy sources by 2036 and a 30 per cent reduction of carbon emissions from the Energy sector by 2030.  

These carbon emission reductions, he says, will come from conversion to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programmes. 

“Achieving 100 per cent electricity generation from renewable energy is not a simple task because RE sources are often intermittent, capital intensive, research intensive and dependent on appropriate technology,” Minister Usamate said. 

“Nevertheless, a lot of work has been taking place to make the achievement of these targets a reality. There is now a strong emphasis on hydroelectricity, solar and we are continuing our work on bio fuels.” 

The three – day conference brings together various institutions from around the region to allow sharing of knowledge and ideas towards a sustainable energy sector for Fiji and the region. 

The symposium will be looking into areas such as Renewable Energy, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Energy Efficiency, Modelling and Forecasting in Energy and Environment amongst others.

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