ADB Promotes Renewable Energy, Climate Change Resilience in Tonga.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping Tonga build up its resilience to natural disasters and achieves its target of generating half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

It aims to promote environmental sustainability, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in the country.

“For example, the ADB-assisted Cyclone Ian Recovery Project is helping support efforts to upgrade and climate-roof the electricity grid network and school buildings on the northeast island of Ha’apai,” said Woo Yul Lee, Energy Specialist in ADB’s Pacific Department.

Tonga is one of the most vulnerable nations in the Pacific to climate change, stated ADB.

Around 89% of the 102,000 population receives electricity generated mainly from diesel fuel.

The Outer Island Renewable Energy Project, supported by ADB, and co financed by the Government of Australia, is helping to provide solar power-generated electricity to customers on 9 outer islands of the country.

This aids the government’s drive to reduce the heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels.

 

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Originally from Prevention Web

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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