Interview with Mr Mosese Lavemai, Chief Executive Officer, Ports Authority Tonga
In an interview with the Pacific Green Business Centre, Mr. Lavemai said that the Green Port project provides economic advantages for Tonga by creating jobs in the renewable energy sector and its supply chain thus providing a significant boost to the economy; provides Tonga with a sustainable Port that is in harmony with its environment while matching limited and decreasing environmental space and resources; and by promoting sustainable management of the maritime environment that contributes to alleviating poverty, creating sustainable livelihoods, increasing food security, improving human well-being and social equity while reducing ecological risks and environmental degradation.
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
SDGs and the Private Sector
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan.