14 May 2015

Samoa ready to house Pacific Climate Change Centre

12:54 pm on 14 May 2015

Samoa is set to host the Pacific Climate Change Centre, a new body to be located in the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia.

Samoa wind turbine

Samoa wind turbine Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, announced this at the opening of the Pacific Climate Change roundtable meeting in Samoa.

The prime minister says a plan is being progressed with experts in Samoa to finalise construction work.

Tuila'epa has told the meeting the center will be a focus for innovation and climate leadership in the region and the world.

It has the full support of his government and the government of Japan, which will be funding the project.

The prime minister has also reaffirmed his country's commitment to meet its 100 percent goal on renewable energy by 2017.

He told the meeting the share of renewable energy in the energy mix has made significant progress as witnessed by the solar installations at Faleata Golf course and Faleolo, as well as the wind turbines at Vailoa Aleipata.