2 November 2015 (Niue) / 3 November 2015 (western Pacific, Aust and NZ)
Alofi, Niue – A 10-year roadmap to improve all forms of energy security and access on the Pacific island of Niue has been launched in Alofi today during a governing body meeting for Pacific Community (SPC) officials.
Niue becomes the sixth SPC island member to finalise a national energy roadmap with technical assistance from SPC, following in the footsteps of Tonga, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Nauru.
Speaking at the launch, Niue’s Minister of Infrastructure, the Hon Dalton Tagelagi, said that a shared quest by Pacific nations for greater energy security and accessibility was vital to promote regional connectivity between people, institutions and places.
“This Niue Strategic Energy Road Map 2015–2025 is government’s effort, at the national level, to work with its national and regional partners and the global community to unlock the development potential of Niue and to contribute to addressing the challenges of climate change,” Minister Tagelagi said.
“This roadmap represents a whole-of-government approach to addressing Niue’s energy security challenges whereby we look at the entire energy sector, including electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and petroleum, and have all the partners working together as one team in its implementation.
“I acknowledge the technical assistance and guidance provided by the Pacific Community in the development of this strategy, and the time, effort and commitment our Niue national team gave to its completion,” the Minister said.
The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the global community in September, include a dedicated goal for energy: to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
This reaffirms the important linkages between energy, transport, food, water and health in pursuit of sustainable development, the Director of SPC’s Economic Development Division, Captain John Hogan, said.
“Energy security is central to the sustainable development of Pacific Island countries and territories, regardless of their size, resource endowments and distance to the markets,” Capt Hogan said at the launch.