28 Apr 2014

EU push for Pacific to reach 100 percent renewable energy

12:36 pm on 28 April 2014

The European Union has increased its funding in the Pacific, with a goal to help nations convert to renewable energy.

The Director of Development of the EU, Andris Piebalgs, has been co-leading a mission to small Pacific nations with the New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully.

Mr Piebalgs says in his experience of African nations, the Pacific has far fewer security issues regarding climate change migration, but that doesn't mean it can't be an example to the rest of the world.

He says the increase in funding for the Pacific will help countries aim for 100 per cent renewable energy.

"Because I believe for island states, they should be basically one hundred per cent renewable, understanding that there will be some functions that we need the fossil fuels, and I believe it is achievable and it does not cost communities so much money."

Andris Piebalgs.