facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pacific islands need focus on renewables, EU says

EU, New Zealand tour of Pacific island nations to focus on need for low-carbon economy in the region.
By Daniel J. Graeber   |   April 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
BRUSSELS, April 22 (UPI) -- Renewable energy for Pacific island nations will help fight climate change and stimulate the region's economy, the European development commissioner said.

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced plans Tuesday to spend four days touring Pacific islands. The aim of the tour, which begins Wednesday, is to highlight the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

"Energy is crucial for education and healthcare, for growth, tourism and even for the supply of water," PIebalgs said in a statement. "In short, renewable energy is a country’s main route towards growth and development."

Rising sea levels attributing to climate change are endangering low-lying nations in the Pacific region. The situation is compounded further by the high costs of importing fossil fuels to their isolated territories.

Solar projects will be the primary source of investment targets for the European and New Zealand officials.

"New Zealand places great value on our partnership with the EU in the Pacific," McCully said. "Converting the region to renewable energy is critical and it is only happening at such a rapid pace because of our close cooperation with EU."

Follow @dan_graeber and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Tesla could face sales ban in Michigan Tesla could face sales ban in Michigan
2
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
3
British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State
4
API: U.S. leverage hurt by oil export ban API: U.S. leverage hurt by oil export ban
5
Official: Iran's economy too vulnerable to oil market Official: Iran's economy too vulnerable to oil market
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback