17 Jun 2013

Small Pacific Islands looking to reduce fossil fuels

6:05 am on 17 June 2013

The three smallest economies in the Pacific are being targetted to lead the rest of the region in reducing the dependence on fossil fuel.

The Low Carbon Energy Islands project is encouraging Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu, which depend heavily on fossil fuels, to move towards using renewable energy resources available in their countries.

The project is being run by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

It's regional energy programme co-ordinator, Anare Matakiviti, says one of the benefits of this project is to look at how households can play a role in generating their own electricity.

"One of the ideas that we are looking at is for households to generate electricity from renewable energy and they can buy systems and put it on their roof top and have a sort of agreement with the local power utility, should there be any surplus they can get some kind of return for feeding power into the utility grid."

Anare Matakiviti says it is hoped that as households move away from their dependence on carbon, it will generate local business for energy products.