Gas from waste for cooking and lighting at Piu village

A resident of Piu village hooks up the biodigester gas system

A resident of Piu village hooks up the biodigester gas system

BY Alan Ah Mu

APIA: WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2013: Using gas from waste has gained ground here thanks to aid from Great Britain.

Already gas made from that method provides fuel for cooking and lighting at Piu, a remote inland village of Falealili district.

Creation of the project earlier in the year was made possible by British funds.

On Monday British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell visited the project.

But before that Her Excellency met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to turn the first sods for a new NZ$22 000 British-funded biodigester research centre in Apia.

“It will help support sustainable development and be showcased at the SIDS 2014 conference,” says Honorary British Consul, Brenda Heather-Latu in a release.

“The concept is simple and effective,” said Mrs Treadell of the biodigester project in Piu.

“Green foliage and waste products produce gas in the biodigester which the villagers can use for cooking and lighting,” she said.

“Later today I will be visiting the projects I gave seeds to after the farmers crops were ruined in last year’s cyclone. Followed by a meeting at the European Union, where we will discuss projects funded by the EU who provide clean water across Samoa. The EU is the biggest single donor in the world and 15% of the funding comes from the UK.”

“Our key priority for Samoa and across the region includes supporting its people on the realities of climate change and sustainable development initiatives to stem out-migration.”

“In a rapidly changing world, with the centre of economic gravity shifting eastwards, our shared Commonwealth values not only hold us together but are increasingly important. I want to therefore acknowledge the support Samoa provides to international security, prosperity and governance. Samoa and the UK actively work together in the key areas of trade, security, science and innovation, domestic policy and defence”.

“Commonwealth values which include democracy, transparency, accountability, rule of law, human rights, freedom of expression, and good governance are now more important than ever before.”

To reflect this she met with NGOs, senior officials, and the Samoan Speaker, whose deputy met the British Speaker in New Zealand in August to discuss shared values.

“I am delighted to be accredited to Samoa and engage with its people and I know that through listening, and through partnerships we can bring people the of Samoa sustainable benefits. We will continue to be a long standing and strong partner to Samoa.”