12 Sep 2011

Tokelau gunning for first 100 percent renewable status

6:37 am on 12 September 2011

The leader of Tokelau says by mid-next year the territory will be the first place in the world to be powered by energy that's 100 percent renewable.

The ulu Foua Toloa says from next July solar energy will supply 93 percent of Tokelau's electricity and the remainder will come from coconut oil.

He says it's Tokelau's obligation to stop emitting carbon dioxide.

"Because we are affected left right and centre, you know, by the impact of climate change. And while the rest of the world is not listening to the impact of climate change in a very small country in the pacific this project is a vehicle and a message to the whole world to actually walk the talk and not just buy lip service."

The ulu of Tokelau, Foua Toloa.