The Fiji Ports, operating across the Fiji Islands, is focusing on alleviating climate impacts through the Green Port Initiative by 2023.
Pacific Island developing countries, like Fiji, are vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise due to their limited land masses, natural, human and economic resources, and their dependence on marine resources for livelihood. Fiji Ports play an important role in trade, logistics and the survival of many Pacific Island nations. Understanding the Port’s significance and impact, the Green Port Master Plan 2019-2023 has been launched, aligning to the Port’s vision of being the Smart, Green Gateway for trade in the Pacific Region, which outlines the pathway to reduce its environmental footprint and combat climate change.
The Green Port Initiative’s vision is to measure and achieve reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, air and marine pollution, and waste, while actively engaging with stakeholders. The Green Port Initiative contributes to the achievement of the SDGs: Goal 3 Good health and wellbeing, Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy, Goal 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Goal 13 Climate action, Goal 14 Life below water, Goal 15 Life on land and Goal 17 Partnership for goals.
Fiji Ports have implemented a number of energy efficiency upgrades such as LED lighting, solar PV systems, replacement of diesel-powered incinerator with an electric incinerator to reduce its carbon footprint. As a result, Fiji Ports have achieved 11% average reduction of GHG emissions over the last 5 years. It is further intended to reduce its carbon footprint by 220 tonnes of carbon emissions by 2023 with a goal to reach carbon neutral status with respect to energy usage by 2027. Fiji Ports have implemented an “energy tracker” to monitor its progress in achieving the intended goals.
This initiative hopes to encourage pacific islanders in the “greenification” while providing ample leadership.