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Vital link for industry

Sikeli Qounadovu
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

EFFORTS to try and reduce Fiji's greenhouse gas emission will be a huge task because in order to reduce it, the amount of greenhouse gas that is being emitted needs to be determined first.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) energy program officer Andrew Irwin said it was unfortunate that Fiji did not have any regulation that required stakeholders such as the shipping industry to provide the information needed with regards to its carbon footprint.

Mr Irwin said because there were no regulations, shipping industries cared less because they were not mandated to provide such information.

"We have asked all the shipping line for the receipt of the fuel usage and they all say to get it from the distributor, to get it from the sales side so you either need a seller or buyer to provide that.

"It has to be mandated from one side or the other, and that's where there is always industry pushbacks for these things because it is another level of work for these companies.

"But in the end it will help them to provide a much better data management system and they should be able to reduce their losses and improve efficiencies — managing these things as part of their daily business practices.

"The issue there is not enough mandated transparency by Government for private sector businesses.

"So if you want to reduce your administration burden from the part of Government, looking at statistics, collecting data and enforcement of certain provision, you need to mandate at the offset through policies and regulations that stipulate if you want to operate certain type of business, you have certain reporting requirements.

"You have certain data you have to deliver to the Government so that they can when they need to do things like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reporting, you have that data and you can build that data from the bottom up, from business by business."

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