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PM launches Low Development Strategy

December 14, 2018 1:19 pm
Prime Minister and outgoing COP 23 President Voreqe Bainimarama [Source: Fijian Government]

In an effort to attain zero net emission, Prime Minister and outgoing COP 23 President Voreqe Bainimarama launched a Low Emission Development Strategy in Katowice, Poland.

Bainimarama says the strategy sets out four possible carbon emission scenarios for Fiji which is a blueprint for a clean energy future.

He adds this strategy is ambitious, inclusive and comprehensive, with a broad range of initiatives that promotes sustainable growth and long-term de-carbonisation of the Fijian economy.

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“The Business as usual unconditional scenario is existing measures already being addressed by the Fijian Government. The Business As usual Conditional scenario is national policies that require external funding. The High Ambition Scenario is what it says: We can achieve deeper cuts in carbon emissions with substantial external funding, resources and capacity building. And the Very High Ambition scenario is what we would like to do with maximum external support and investment.”

Bainimarama says the strategy makes Fiji the eleventh nation submitting such a plan to the UN in line with Article Four of the Paris Agreement.

The PM adds major areas of focus is the energy sector and achieving reductions in carbon emissions in land transport, maritime transport and domestic aviation, agriculture, forestry and other land use and waste.

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