An Energy Strategy for St Helena was endorsed by the Environment & Natural Resources Committee at their meeting on Thursday 20 October 2016.
The strategy has been developed for St Helena with the primary aim to increase the Island’s use of renewable energy, through a mixed model of harvesting natural resources, as well as supporting the use of greener products on the Island. Energy has an impact on all areas of life, and becoming energy self-sufficient was one of the issues raised during consultation on the Island’s Ten Year Plan.
Councillor Pamela Ward Pearce said:
“Small Islands, including St Helena, have eco-systems which are vulnerable to climate change and a reliance on imported fossil fuels. The Energy Strategy, which sits under the Climate Change Policy, can help by encouraging the use of renewable energy.
“We currently have 28.8% renewable energy from wind and solar power, and by working with stakeholders, we aim to improve on this figure. The Energy Strategy will enable us to focus on reducing fuel poverty for our people, helping economic growth and protecting the environment for future generations.”
Following a period of public consultation, and taking on board all comments received, the Energy Strategy will now be taken forward by SHG to achieve the goal of St Helena becoming 100% self-sufficient through renewable energy by 1 April 2022.
SHG extends thanks to all those who took the time to provide feedback on the draft during the consultation period.
A copy of the Energy Strategy is available on the Publications page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/
25 October 2016