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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.

Country or state

Population

Current Political status

American Samoa

60,000

US territory

Cook Islands

19,000

Independent 1965 NZ-affiliated developing country

Federated States of Micronesia

129,658

Independent 1979 US-affiliated developing country

Fiji

806,000

Independent 1970 developing country

French Polynesia

222,000

French territory

Guam

157,000

US territory

Kiribati

84,000

Independent 1979 developing country

Marshall Islands

63,031

Independent 1979 US-affiliated developing country

Nauru

11,000

Independent 1968 developing country

New Caledonia

201,000

French territory

Niue

2,100

Independent 1974 NZ-affiliated developing country

Northern Mariana Islands

59,000

US commonwealth 1976

Palau

18,000

Independent 1981 US-affiliated developing country

Papua New Guinea

4,600,000

Independent 1975 developing country

Pitcairn Islands

47

UK territory

Samoa

225,000

Independent 1962 developing country

Solomon Islands

441,000

Independent 1978 developing country

Tokelau

1,500

New Zealand territory

Tonga

108,000

Independent developing country

Tuvalu

10,444

Independent 1978 developing country

Vanuatu

185,200

Independent 1980 developing country

Wallis and Futuna

14,000

French territory

 

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.


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