Tonga Improve Energy Efficiency with Help from China

ENERGY efficient lighting and air conditioning units have been received by the Tonga government to help improve the island’s energy efficiency.

The devices were supplied today with the help of the People’s Republic of China’s and will help with Tonga’s Climate Change program to reduce the reliance on imported energy sources. The Acting Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni accepted the donation from Chinese Ambassador, Mr Huang Huaguang at the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO).

China’s donation consists of over 500 HAIER Air Conditioning systems, 27,561 LED lights (lamps) and 1500 Solar LED Street Light Systems, being gifted by the National Development and Reform Commission of the People Republic of China to the people of Tonga, under the signed Memorandum of Understanding for the “The Provision of Goods for Addressing Climate Change”.

While speaking on behalf of Government, Sovaleni said the use of energy in an efficient and sustainable manner is crucial to the economy in Tonga.

He added: “This cost of reliance on the imported energy sources is increasing and is becoming a major financial constraint for our island economies. However, the biggest cost are the worst impacts of increasing use of fossil fuel in our environment, that is, the climate change.

“We need energy for our economic development, for our industries, for transportation, for lighting and practically any activity you can imagine. There is not a facet of our economy that can operate without energy,” said Sovaleni.

Tonga needs urgently to look into alternative energy solutions. China’s assistance is one of the possible conduits for developing sustainable energy solutions to improve energy efficiency, energy security, affordability, and environmental friendly.

Sovaleni said that Tonga has now endorsed a renewable energy target of 50% share of Renewable Energy in power generation by 2020, “so we expect more energy efficient appliances and renewable energy projects for local communities in years to come”.

Furthermore, Government has already targeted to reduce electricity network losses to 11% or less by 2020.

“I understand this transition to 100 % energy efficient electricity market will not be easy. It will not happen overnight,” Sovaleni said.

“It will not come without cost or sacrifice. But it is possible. It is necessary. It’s only a matter of proving that we have the resources, skills, and the will to continue the clean and efficient energy efforts.,” he concluded.

Friday 18th September 2015

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