By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea’s vast renewable and non-renewable energy resource is yet to see its potential developed.
Significant efforts have been made but with little progress so far.
The higher education sector is now pushing this agenda forward with the hosting of the 2015 PNG Clean and Renewable Energy Conference at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) next week.
UPNG’s School of Natural and Physical Science is now putting its hand up to lead and start a forum where ideas can be shared and discussed to take stock of PNG’s renewable energy system.
Chair Mobiha says the conference will assist think tanks to foster a way forward by higher learning institutions to grow a clean and renewable energy. This will also have impacts on the current drafting of the National Energy Policy.
“We have to start funding research into this sector which can be a key driver in our economy”, Mobiha said.
The conference will be a two-day event from November 11-12 at the UPNG MLT Room.
The first day of the conference will focus on policy issues while the second on implementation issues in the energy sector.
The conference is expected to attract energy experts from Europe, Asia and the Pacific to share ideas and develop PNG’s energy sector.
A sum of K50,000 was presented by UPNG’s Bursar to the conference chair in hosting the meet.
Other key players in the energy sector have thrown their support behind the conference.