President Remengesau last night signed an Executive Order establishing a Palau National Energy Committee tasked to take steps to fulfill Palau’s ambitious target of  45 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Executive Order No. 403 create a committee, which will support the Palau Energy Administration in its effort to implement the Palau Energy Act and achieve Palau’s renewable energy goals.

The E.O. was signed following a three-day energy summit, which was aimed to fulfill   Paris Agreement commitment of generating 45 percent of the energy from renewable sources by 2025.

In the EO, Remengesau cited that the 2017 Palau Energy Summit attendees represented a “broad spectrum of Palauan professional, technical and traditional, and political leaders, “ who help craft an action plan that requires the empowerment of the Palau Energy Administration and the creation of an oversight Energy Committee to manage Palau’s drive to attain Palau’s goal of 45 percent renewable energy by 2025.

The committee will be chaired by the president or his designee and will include representatives from national and state governments, the council of chiefs , the private sector, community-based organizations and outside experts as determined by the Executive Committee.

Strengthening renewable sources of energy will lessen  Palau’s  dependence on fossil fuels and imports. The goal  is expected to result in annual emissions savings and put in use revenues usually spend on fuels to education and health. (B. Carreon)