|Integrated Clean Energy for Peace and Climate|
September 2000, the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2000 held in Kita-Kyushu City, Japan, 31 August - 5 September 2000 established the REGIONAL ACTION PROGRAMME FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 2001-2005 called for an ambitious and exciting initiative to establish a global research and development initiative to: "Promote and assist a dedicated global project to create 100% renewable energy, hydrogen based economies in the small island developing states of the region."
Energy experts from the island countries and regional organizations are requested to participate in the design center feasibility studies by providing details of energy needs, standards required, and social and economic issues. Each participating nation should upload specific technical data that planners can use to assist in designing the renewable energy economies (for example, number of villages to be electrified, population of each village, estimated energy needs over 5, 10, 20 years, numbers of vehicles required, public transport needs, vessels).
Each participating nation will also have a section on potential for renewable energy including feasibility studies available for downloading, data on climate and related GIS database information.
Tuvalu and Vanuatu were the first countries to make official government declarations for 100% Renewable Energy Economies. See www.vanuatugovernment.com for their government's statements.
The President of the Government of New Caledonia has backed the initiative and offered its considerable experience in hydroelectric and wind energy to the islands of the Pacific. To read his message in French, click here; in English, click here.
What are the small island states of the Pacific?
Governments that have stated an interest in Hydrogen Economies are highlighted in blue.
All countries are expected to participate with the ICE-PAC initiative because:
1. They are all dependent on imported petroleum fuels – at costs that they simply can’t afford.
2. All nations can use renewable energy technology to supply electricity and even manufacture their own domestic fuels and some of customers can become fuel exporters, supporting larger fuel needs such as shipping and manufacturing.
3. The ICE-PAC Initiative will create new employment opportunities in the energy industry and in all areas where energy can be applied to a wider program of clean manufacturing enterprises.
4. Integrated Clean Energy economies will stimulate sales in all electric and electronic appliances throughout the Pacific islands.
5. Integrated Clean Energy systems will be as maintenance free and reliable as the new technology will allow.
6. The technology and equipment will be “free” because it will be provided by the major industrial nations of the world as part of their commitments under the United Nations conventions and agreements.
7. The modular integrated clean energy systems will electrify rural Pacific island areas, thus reduce national problems with urban drift while improving the lifestyle and earning capacity of rural areas.