The Pacific Energy Summit provides a forum for leaders from Pacific island countries to present their energy plans and targets and to seek donor and private sector support to translate projects into action. It will also provide the opportunity for countries, donors and the private sector to showcase the best, newest and most innovative projects, services or technology in the energy sector.
The New Zealand Government and the European Union welcome you to the Pacific Energy Summit. The Summit will be held in Auckland from 24–26 March 2013, preceded by two days in Tonga to see the Tonga Energy Roadmap in action (21–22 March). The focus of the Summit is on investment in both renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Summit is a joint initiative designed to enable Pacific countries and territories to work with development partners to take a substantive step towards their goals of implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, with a special focus on generation and distribution of electricity.
In an era of increasing concern about the effects of climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency have become key issues for the Pacific Island countries.
Dependence on fossil fuels is a major burden for Pacific countries and territories. It generates very significant costs, both economically and environmentally. While we have seen recent progress towards renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region, we still need to do better.
The Summit will be an opportunity for development partners to announce their intentions and pledge their support to the Pacific Islands. We wish to use this opportunity to ensure that we work cooperatively to fund the next stage of energy development in the region. The Summit will include an Investment Showcase to connect development partners and Pacific countries with private sector investors and investment banks.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Commissioner for Development