Bid to cut emissions

IT is imperative that Fiji’s shipping sector address the issue of shipping emission through short-term and long-term measures, says Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief executive officer John Tunidau.

With shipping accounting for 2 per cent of greenhouse gas global emissions, which continues to increase alongside the number of newly constructed ships, Mr Tunidau said the sector had to do its part to achieve the terms in the Paris Agreement which was holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C.

Mr Tunidau said Fiji’s estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships contributed about 227KT. He adds a five to 20-year plan had been developed by Government to reduce emissions by focusing on strategies such as improving operational efficiency of ships, reintroducing age limit on second-hand ships, and the transition towards low carbon transport.

He said one of the short to medium measures they had undertaken was to reduce the reliance on imported fuels. In 2013, Fiji’s fossil fuel imports amounted to $660m.

Some of the other measures include optimised routing for ship operators and owners, slow steaming ships in Fiji are normally running on economical speeds — less fuel consumption and therefore reduction on CO2 emissions.

Their long-term measures are to set up Fiji’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in terms of GHG emissions and the Ratifcation of MARPOL Annexure VI — air polluting and domesticating its requirement targeted for the last quarter of 2018.

“This is important as this means reducing emissions from Fiji ships trading internationally and domestically,” he said.

He made the comments while presenting at the Pacific maritime technical officers workshop in Suva last week.

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