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Govt continues work on reducing reliance on fossil fuel

December 17, 2015 11:13 pm

Government remains committed towards ensuring that it continues to play a lead role in reducing Fiji’s reliance on fossil fuel.

Minister for Fisheries and Forestry Osea Naiqamu highlighted this while opening the first ever Wood Biomass Symposium at Yatule Resort, Nadroga.

Naiqamu says Fiji is capable of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and is working towards achieving this goal.

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He says government is ready to upscale current efforts and provide the necessary support needed to enable the setting up of a large scale biomass and pallet industry in Fiji that is capable of providing an economical alternative to diesel.

In 2014, Fiji’s fuel import bill was around $1.4 billion or 14 per cent of the country’s total import bill.

Naiqamu says Government will continue to explore new opportunities to reduce reliance on fuel.

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