Fiji has embarked on positive initiatives by championing the way forward for collaborations to reduce greenhouse gas from ships.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate at the welcoming ceremony of the Secretary-General for the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim at the Fiji Maritime Academy in Suva this week.
“In our efforts to meet the target obligations under the Paris Agreement of holding a global temperature well below 2°C, the Fijian Government has introduced a number of national policies and strategies to address the issue of greenhouse gas,” Usamate said.
“Fiji’s Presidency of the COP23 has also been significant for the Pacific in driving the plans for a low carbon maritime transport sector.”
Minister Usamate said similar strategies has been taken by the IMO in the adoption of its greenhouse gas emissions from ships and setting out a vision to phase out emissions from shipping in this century.
“The approach of Fiji ports on energy management is also a perfect example of the possible immediate actions to transition towards greener ports in the Pacific.”
“These efforts are very important for Fiji and other Pacific Island countries as our future depends on adapting and mitigating the impact of climate change.”
Secretary-General for the International Maritime Organization Kitack Lim said that the main threat to the Pacific is climate change.
Lim added after high level collaborations the IMO adopted a first comprehensive and initial strategy on how to tackle climate change issues, which began in April last year.
“Now we are working on what kind of action plan should be taken on the initial strategies.