Vanuatu to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030, says Govt

Powering up with renewables… a solar power array at Parliament house. Photo: UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund

Powering up with renewables… a solar power array at Parliament house. Photo: UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai’s address at the signing of the Paris Agreement in the United Nations in New York — available to view here — emphasizes that Vanuatu wants fossil fuel emissions significantly reduced by 2050. Salwai also committed Vanuatu to the maximum 1.5 degree Celsius temperature increase as required by the Agreement. Vanuatu’s people, he said, could not accept further delays in limiting temperature rise. Vanuatu is working by every possible means to be using only renewable energy sources for electricity supply by 2030, and 60% renewable energy by 2020. (Radio Vanuatu News)

The tragic death of a teenage girl, jumping from a bus after allegedly being sexually harassed by the driver, has been reported by most media today. The incident took place near the Man Ples market, Saturday morning. The injured girl was picked up by a police car travelling behind the bus and taken to hospital. She died yesterday. The bus driver is being held in custody.

Vanuatu is said to have a high rate of retinopathy. Some 200 sufferers are being treated for the diabetes-related disease by the visiting Pacific Eye Institute team from Fiji. Vanuatu has no resident ophthalmologist at VCH, whilst Dr Johnson Kasso is undergoing studies at the Institute in Fiji, but on his return the hospital will be able to do laser and cataract surgery. In the meantime, patients are delighted at the free service provided by the visitors. (Daily Post)

Graduation took place yesterday for those of the first intake for the bachelor’s degree in social and economic administration at AUF, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie opposite VIT. Teaching at AUF is all in French. Some of the new graduates have found work already. (Radio Vanuatu)

Luganville town council has a new Mayor following elections this morning. He is Onan Gaviga of the NUP political party. (Radio Vanuatu)

Six seasonal hospitality workers going to Australia will be holding jobs in Broome, far north-western Australia. Labour Commissioner Lionel Kaluat told Daily Post they will be working at the Cable Beach Club Resort. Other fields in which Kaluat hopes to place Ni-Vanuatu going overseas are aged care, construction and fisheries. (Daily Post)


5 Comments on “Vanuatu to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030, says Govt”

  1. Johnson Vatu says:

    Thank you so much for the updating on what is happening around us. Keep up the good work.


  2. nasimal ( Nasingameliip ) says:

    Looking at the solar array by Parliament house, I think it would be possible to install tidal power plant along the mangrove area of Port Stanley / Litz Litz area to supply electricity for Lakatoro and Norsup area. I might be wrong but location is good for Tidal wave power plant .


  3. Darryl Fallow, Canberra. says:

    I am absolutely delighted to see Vanuatu’s approach to climate change and its desire to have 60% renewable electricity by 2020 and 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Vanuatu is taking climate change seriously and is getting on with the job. Australia has much to learn from Vanuatu’s approach.
    I am most impressed with the solar array at Vanuatu’s parliament house. Ultimately silent and free energy from the sun!. Well done!
    [PS: I’d be interested in learning about the technical specifications for this solar installation]