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BPA’s Goal of Attaining Commitments to 100% Renewable Energy by 2045 from Island Nations Around the Globe

Kingdom of Tonga and Government of Tuvalu Sign Historic Blue Planet Climate Agreement committing to change.

Blue Planet Alliance (BPA) today announced its official launch, with a goal to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the commitment to legislatively mandate 100% renewable energy by 2045 via the Blue Planet Climate Agreement. Tonga and Tuvalu are the first two island nations to sign the agreement at COP27, respectively, with more commitments following in the coming months. Led by Henk Rogers—visionary and advocate for climate action—BPA is paving the way for governments, businesses, and individuals to grow a global movement aimed at reducing the impact of fossil-fuel emissions on the planet.

Blue Planet Alliance catalyzes climate ambition through policy work, community-based solutions, and youth-led advocacy. The organization builds on the pivotal climate change policies and initiatives of its sister organization, Blue Planet Foundation, which helped successfully navigate and pass the nation’s first 100% renewable-energy law, requiring the State of Hawaii to commit to 100% clean energy by 2045.

At COP27, on November 12, Tonga became the first country to sign the Blue Planet Climate Agreement, committing to 100% Renewable Energy by 2045. Tuvalu followed suit on November 14 at BPA’s UNFCCC press conference, signing the Blue Planet Climate Agreement and committing to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Greater than the risks posed to larger countries, the threats to smaller islands include risks to food security, fisheries, and agriculture. As sea levels rise, island nations are at risk of losing coastal arable land to degradation as well as salination. SIDS are also most impacted by the costs of fossil fuels, due to higher import costs, when access to more cost-effective renewable resources—such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro, and wave power—are readily available locally.

Utilizing a mandate-first approach to spark action, BPA is providing support to countries eager to join the movement by uniting nations around the globe. Policy Work: BPA takes a legislative-mandate approach to initiating global climate change action, aiming to create measurable and scalable initiatives and results among individuals, organizations, cities, states, countries, and eventually, the planet. BPA works diligently with stakeholders to successfully pass laws that require government commitment to 100% renewable energy and drive policies to shape a future with clean energy.

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