25 Jan 2010

Cook Islands to reduce carbon emissions

11:47 am on 25 January 2010

A national project which aims at reducing carbon emissions and domestic power bills has been launched by the Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Robert Wigmore.

The project aims to introduce low energy light bulbs into all homes and educate the public on the advantages of using these over the standard incandescent light bulbs.

Mr Wigmore says if all Cook Islands homes switch to energy saving light bulbs, the country will save half a million litres of fuel each year.

It will also save several hundred tons of carbon emissions across the Cook Islands each year.

The joint Asian Development Bank and Te Aponga Uira project involves all domestic households receiving a voucher to receive three free compact fluorescent lights

The vouchers are redeemed at CITC, which won the tender to supply the energy saving bulbs which come with a two year warranty.