2019/2020 National Budget: $250m ECAL revenue helped assist Fijians affected by climate impacts

THE Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy or ECAL has raked in more than $250million since it was introduced in 2017, says Fiji’s Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Speaking in Parliament while delivering the 2019-2020 national budget, he said it would be further expanded to other products apart from the food and service sectors.

He said ECAL had funded schools that had sheltered young people during severe weather events, solar panelling, which had increased use of renewable power, newer technologies that were giving advanced warning of incoming storms, tangible assistance for Fijians affected by climate impacts, farms that produced more climate resilience crops and a range of other climate and environment protection initiatives across the country.

“That work must continue,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We will be applying ECAL to a few new items that have proven to worsen pollution through high usage of electricity and the emittance of chlorofluorocarbons, including vehicles, smartphones, microwaves, washing machines, televisions, and other commercial appliances or white goods.”

* Stay with us as we bring you brief updates from the 2019/2020 National Budget. More detailed reports will be published in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and also in our e-Edition 

 

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