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Fiji Ports Actively Promote Good Energy Management

Fiji Ports will continue to incorporate good energy management principles into all its policies for its companies and operations. This was revealed by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive
27 Sep 2017 11:00
Fiji Ports Actively Promote Good Energy Management
An aerial view of part of the Port of Suva.

Fiji Ports will continue to incorporate good energy management principles into all its policies for its companies and operations.

This was revealed by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajita Piyasena who said Fiji Ports would actively promote and execute improvement based on an energy audit carried out at the Suva Port last year.

“The aim of the audit was to identify energy saving opportunities at the Port of Suva as well as engage in energy policy development for the Company,” Mr Piyasena said.

The energy audit, conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) showed a production of 3,100 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas (CO2-e) energy which was the Port’s third highest expense, after labour and machinery.

Approximately 25 kg CO2-e are produced per container in Suva port, slightly lower than the 2013 reported 30 kg CO2-e/container for 42 ports in the world. However, the energy audit demonstrated that an energy management system associated to short-term energy saving projects could result in a reduction of 440 tonnes CO2-e of greenhouse gas per year with 3-years recovered costs.

“As a consequence, Fiji Ports will continue to incorporate good energy management principles into all its policies for its companies and operations and actively promote and execute improvements based on the audit outcomes,” Mr Piyasena said.

Last month, Mr Piyasena attended the Regional Workshop on Energy Management led in Ports held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The aim of the workshop was to understand energy consumption in ports with tools and methods to monitor and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from ports operations.

It was organised by the Maritime Technology Co-operation Centre in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific), and attended by directors, Chief Executive Officers and managers from nine Pacific Island countries ports, as we work towards having a Pacific low-carbon maritime transport that supports the sustainable development goals of Pacific Island countries and territories.

SPC in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are the hosting institutions of MTCC-Pacific and are partners in this project funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

According to SPC, MTCC-Pacific is one of the five centres of excellence in the world and forms part of the Global MTCC Network that aims at building the capacity of developing countries for climate mitigation in the maritime shipping industry.

It provides capacity-building activities and implement pilot-projects to facilitate the implementation of energy efficient measures in the maritime industry.

 

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