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PM: Fiji to Replace Govt Vessels With Hybrid, Green Hydrogen Solutions

During Fiji’s Presidency of COP23, it launched the ‘Oceans Pathway’, with the expectation to place oceans where it belongs - at the heart of climate action.
05 Nov 2021 15:30
PM: Fiji to Replace Govt Vessels With  Hybrid, Green Hydrogen  Solutions
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the WWF Coral Reef Rescue Initiative at the Panda Hub, WWF Pavillion, Scottish Event Centre, on November 4, 2021. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

A healthy ocean is a healthy climate.

Fiji will begin replacing its current Government shipping fleet with hybrid and green hydrogen solutions.

This was revealed by Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the Ocean Panel discussion at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Next year, we plan to launch Pacific’s first Sovereign Blue Bond which will go in direct support of this effort,” he said.

These efforts by Fiji to move to decarbonie ocean transport are a result of the global economy, fed by increasing worldwide consumer demand, as it is driving up shipping emissions.

During Fiji’s Presidency of COP23, it launched the ‘Oceans Pathway’, with the expectation to place oceans where it belongs – at the heart of climate action.

“Recognition of the ocean-climate nexus was one of the few successes we saw in the Outcomes document at COP25,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“The critical question before us now—one that I hope we will be able to answer definitively here in Glasgow—is both simple and challenging: Where will the Ocean Pathway lead us? What path are we on, and what path should we be on?

Fiji has already submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and hopes neighbouring Pacific countries will follow suit in its action towards protecting oceans, rivers, lakes, and aquaculture.

“Fiji’s actions and ambitions show what we expect of the world,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said: “First, we need clarity on how parties will improve sustainability when it comes to the management of their marine resources,”

“Next, we must scale up the innovation and technology needed to harness ocean energy as a means to drive a low carbon transition,”

Mr Bainimarama urged world leaders to note that ocean ecosystem protection, as part of our collective climate action, could spark the most rapid and impactful transformation towards net-zero economies.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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