The availability of clean drinking water is a basic necessity for all people, and some regions of the world are still developing the capacity to reliably provide potable water in safe and accessible ways to all urban and rural areas. There is a need for easily accessible water filtration technologies that would be dependable alternatives to permanent infrastructure that is frequently either expensive or intrusive on natural ecosystems. For Pacific Island nations that are vulnerable to contamination from water borne diseases, technologies based on natural water filtration systems provide a sustainable solution to this fundamental problem. Read more.
Electric powered vessels are not new but with changing technology and a World population looking for a greener future they are starting to be looked at more closely. Rokola Director Wayne Jones, built the first fully electric solar powered vessel for a European client in Australia using “Duflex” lightweight panels. The 10.5m Catamaran was powered by only two 30HP electric outboards fitted to the vessel in internal wells. With a cruise speed of 10 knots and top speed of 15 knots the vessel wasn’t going to win any races, but it was quiet, comfortable and cost nothing to run. The boat boasted two double cabins and two bathrooms downstair and large comfortable Saloon and Galley area on the bridge deck. Read more.
With the introduction of composite technology in today’s world we can now manufacture products quicker, lighter and stronger than before. Rokola’s new panel with a bamboo core is cost effective not only in the housing sector but also in the commercial construction of offices and factories. With specialized treatment equipment, Rokola is able to preserve the bamboo without the use of chemicals, and this helps not only protect the environment, but also animals and humans alike. The preservation of the bamboo core ensures a long life and structurally sound panels, making it a first choice when it comes to building. Read more.
The Pacific Green Business Centre
The Private Sector and SDGs
The Pacific Green Business Centre aims to provide support to the Pacific Private Sector in designing and implementing strategies to make their businesses more sustainable while remaining profitable. It also aims to promote industries that support the Green/Blue Economy such as Sustainable Tourism, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry and Fisheries.
SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Private Sector needs to ensure it eliminates any dumping of waste or release of chemicals that could pollute fresh water sources. There is a need to also take steps to make efficient use of water and eliminate water wastage. Businesses involved with the sale of hardware need to provide affordable and good quality alternatives for materials used in improving water and sanitation infrastructure. The Private Sector could also consider devoting some of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to improving water ecosystems and the water and sanitation conditions of local communities.