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Shell Takes Message To New Zealand Schools

Shell Takes Johannesburg Conference Message To New Zealand Schools

Shell New Zealand is donating a Shell Solar Kit to every secondary school in New Zealand as a way of ensuring that the messages from the the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg are not lost.

Shell Country Chairman Lloyd Taylor says that the Shell Solar Kit will assist schools with the renewable energy aspect of the science curriculum.

"Why are we doing this? Simple really. Following Shell's participation in the Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg, Shell has reaffirmed its commitment to developing sustainable forms of energy, and to educating the next generation about renewable energy. Shell companies around the world are being encouraged to do what they can to ensure this education happens. For Shell in New Zealand, making sure every school has a Shell Solar Kit seemed to us the best way of going about this," Dr Taylor said.

"Shell is asking for nothing in return but that science teachers continue to inspire and educate young New Zealanders about the potential that alternative energy sources can offer the world, so we can all look forward to a sustainable future.

"Shell internationally has already invested half a billion dollars (US) in renewable activities - including in wind farms, and a solar panels business. We are also working on an innovative programme with the Government of Iceland to introduce hydrogen cell infrastructure in that country, and with Daimler Benz in Germany, developing the world's first production model hydrogen cell car.

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"New Zealand will be the beneficiary in years to come of the work that Shell is doing internationally now on innovative and sustainable long term energy solutions.

"In New Zealand, Shell is continuing to educate people about the future of sustainable and renewable energy. The Shell Solar Kit we are sending to secondary schools will help with this," Dr Taylor said.

The Shell Solar Kit is designed to introduce students to solar power and includes a solar panel and a booklet detailing a range of experiments that students can do.

The Solar Kit was designed in conjunction with Tri-Tek Holdings Limited of Auckland.

Kits have started arriving at over 450 secondary schools in New Zealand this week, for use in the New Year.

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