5 Apr 2011

Trans Pacific energy plan expected to be signed off this week

2:47 pm on 5 April 2011

Pacific Island energy ministers are expected to sign off this week on a plan to give the region greater security around energy.

They've joined communication and transport ministers from around the region in Noumea to finally endorse frameworks for the three sectors.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has been leading the effort based on an approach called Many Partners, One Team, One Plan.

A senior energy advisor with the SPC, Mario Rupeni, says many Pacific Island countries rely totally on petroleum, and he'll be highlighting the supply chain and alternatives like wind and solar technologies.

"Nauru, as an example, all their energy needs are through petroleum products. So how do we minimise the reliance on petroleum products is simply to work on the renewables side of things and energy efficiency."

Mario Rupeni says the frameworks will play a critical role in guiding Pacific Island countries' future action over energy, transport and communication.