16th October - Dr. Peter Nuttall presented to His Excellency, Mr. Zhao Chongjiu, Vice Minister of Transport, China on the two Pacific Proposals - a 100% reduction of GHG by 2050 and a universal GHG Levy on all International Shipping at the 2nd United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Meeting in Beijing, China. In his 5 minute presentation, under Thematic Session 4: Sustainable transport and green development : Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, Dr. Nuttall is cautioning the plans by the European Union to introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme that, if implemented, the returns will benefit the European Union capability at the cost of the already vulnerable. He reminds all for a just transition, championing the Tony Debrum legacy of "leaving none behind". Watch video here.
The ABC Radio Australia's Pacific Beat captures the juncture of IMO's progress on shipping industries carbon emissions strategy ahead of the UNFCCC (26th COP) in Glasgow.
The IMO points to a recently adopted energy efficiency rating system for ships as an example it is taking the issue seriously.
"Much like you would see an efficiency rating on a refrigerator and what that will do is rate each ship ... and if ships are rated too low they have to develop an action plan to correct that," Mr Kenney said.
Dr Nuttall doesn't think the new rating system will do much to cut emissions.
"We're talking one to three per cent overall savings ... we're not keeping up with the rise in emissions let alone peaking and dropping off," he said. Read here.
A new wave: Pacific partnership aims to develop carbon free maritime sector - The Pacific International Inc has been serving the Republic of the Marshall Islands since 1976, providing construction services and building projects. Mr. Kramer, a Board Member of the MCST speaks to the Marianas Business Journal about his support of the Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership and updating the business community on what he sees is the way forward. The Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership is a coalition of eight Pacific Islands countries, led by the Marshall Islands and Fiji together with Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Read article
11 countries have come out boldly to support decarbonisation strategy of the Pacific proposed by the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands for the zero emissions by 2050 goal at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These countries have also voiced support for the $100 carbon levy to be introduced by 2025 as proposed earlier this year by the two Pacific archipelagoes. “We see this as a diplomatic win for the Pacific to urge the IMO to take bold and necessary actions needed to align with 1.5 degrees,” Ambassador Albon tweeted @alishoda #ZeroBy2020. The 11 participating governments from Asia are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, The Philippines, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka. Read here