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Pacific Maritime Technical Officers Workshop on Shipping Emissions
7 – 9 February 2018 (Suva) Technical Officers from the Maritime bodies of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu met in Suva, Fiji from the 7th to 9th February 2018, to discuss the on-going negotiations at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on reduction of shipping emissions. The meeting was organised by PIDF, USP and the Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transportation with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji. It was financially supported by the Government of France.
Businesses everywhere are taking action to make their activities greener… friendlier to people and environment. The initiatives profiled here are meant to inspire similar action.
Going green brings savings; thus it makes long-term financial sense. However if you need financial support to set you on the right track, see some options for your business.
Large ocean nations like ours in the Pacific need to start looking at themselves as Blue Economies. We need to maximise returns from the blue economy while ensuring adherence to sustainability principles.
Energy is an important, at times considerable, component of the expenses of any business. Turning to renewables would benefit both the environment and the bottom line of any business.
Our lands and seas have become clogged with plastic and other litter derived from bags and packaging materials. Businesses need to take the lead and start the transition to greener biodegradable packaging.
The organic movement is addressing the world’s reliance on chemicals to grow our plants and vegetables, shifting to greener production with benefits to the environment and our health.
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 1 aims to end poverty. The Private Sector could support national efforts in achieving this SDG by providing employment and by ensuring it does not over-charge clients for products and services. The Private Sector also has a role in reducing people’s exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters, as well as investing in poverty eradication actions.