PM bids for clean energy
13 March, 2018, 12:00 am
PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is committed to encourage global leaders on the need to accelerate development of alternative clean energy sources which is key to reducing global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Mr Bainimarama, while delivering his statement at the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi, India, thanked India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron for their personal leadership and the global example both leaders were setting for decisive climate action.
Mr Bainimarama said the clean energy source he was referring to was solar, hydro and wind which were the key to meeting the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement of 2015, which is to limit the global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above that of the pre-industrial age.
“That is the priority I have set as president of COP23. And I urge the global community to focus more on the massive new investment in solar, hydro and wind needed to make this possible” Mr Bainimarama said.
“As well as the emerging technologies such as battery storage that show so much promise of being able to power our homes and economies.”
He said with this initiative, the world would be able to reduce net carbon emissions to zero as soon as possible.
Mr Bainimarama said solar was already an affordable energy option for many, especially for those with no existing access to power.
He said in Fiji, Government was working with the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation of the USA on a plan to provide solar energy to communities that relied on fossil fuel or cannot be connected to the national grid.