Ministry for Infrastructure aims to provide electricity to all Fijians by 2021

Ministry for Infrastructure aims to provide electricity to all Fijians by 2021

By Tifa Vataiki
Wednesday 22/07/2020
Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate

Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate says their 5 Year and 20 Year National Development Plan aspires to provide electricity access to all Fijians by 2021.

He says they want to increase the share of renewable energy to 100% by 2036 and these are very ambitious targets which will require a concerted and holistic approach with all key stakeholders.

He says the energy sector is confronted with a number of challenges including inadequate energy supplies, high reliance on imported fuels, volatility in the global oil prices and risks associated with impacts of climate change.

Usamate adds the current COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted on our economy and changes the way we carry out our normal business.

He says government has made a number of commitments at the international, regional and national level to transform and de-carbonise our energy sector to be the first country to ratify the Paris Agreement and have made a commitment through the National Determined Contribution (NDC) target to achieve 30% carbon emission reduction by 2030.

He says the energy review policy which is discussed today has brought in all the stakeholders from electrical companies, bus companies and other sectors.

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