15 Jun 2012

Marshalls moves to curb fossil fuel dependence

3:19 pm on 15 June 2012

The Marshall Islands is working with donors to fund several large alternative energy developments that would significantly reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels.

The country's top climate change official, Steve Why, says funding opportunities are finally coming together.

They include a waste-to-energy plant for Majuro Atoll and a site feasibility study for the region's first commercial Ocean Thermal Energy Conversation plant at Kwajalein Atoll.

In addition, there are plans for the outer islands to replant coconut trees for biofuel and furniture, and the completion of solar installations for homes and community facilities on all islands.

As well as government donors and international finance agencies, the Marshall Islands is talking with the US-based Clinton Foundation about supporting a sustainable development package for the Marshall Islands.