Tuvalu Vows to Go Carbon Neutral by 2020

22 July 2009 | News story

IUCN welcomes the decision by Tuvalu to have all its energy generated from renewable sources by 2020.

Tuvalu’s Public Utilities Minister, Kausea Natano echoed this statement saying that his nation of 12, 000 people wanted to set an example to others.

"We look forward to the day when our nation offers an example to all - powered entirely by natural resources such as the sun and the wind," Kausea Natano said.

Tuvalu, like many small island developing countries in the Pacific, relies on imported diesel fuel for power generation. The government hopes to use wind and solar power to generate electricity, instead of diesel.

Tuvalu estimates it will cost about $20m to generate all its electricity by using renewables. It has already begun the process by installing a $410,000 (a 40kW grid connected PV) solar system on the roof of the main soccer stadium in the capital, Funafuti. The government is also working with The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to install another grid connected PV solar system (including solar street lights) on its largest island, Vaitupu. It has also embarked on a wind assessment programme to determine its potential for wind energy.