Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development – IWSA Member
Dr Peter Nuttall: Research Fellow at the Pacific Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific. Leads a small team researching the potential for Pacific Island Countries to transition to low carbon sea transport futures. Expert in the heritage of Drua, the giant Fijian double hulled sailing canoes. Lives in a wooden sailing ship and has lived and sailed extensively in the Pacific Islands. Worked in sustainable planning and policy from village level to the UN
IWSA Associate Member
Sea transport is an absolute necessity for most SIDS communities. The Pacific Island Countries are the most dependent on imported fossil fuels in the world. All current sea transport services are fossil fuel based and increasingly unaffordable and unsustainable. 70% of fuel use is for transport but to date all efforts to reduce dependency have focused in the electricity sector and shipping has been ignored. The region’s transport issues are unique; small and vulnerable economies scattered at the ends of some of the longest transportation routes in the world and arguably the most challenging to maintain per capita and per sea mile. There are a growing number of available or emergent technologies available. The University of the South Pacific has been working collaboratively with a growing network of stakeholders and knowledge partners since 2012 to advance this agenda. Collaboration with international research Centres of Excellence in this field is urgently required.
Sustainable Sea Transport Research Programme.
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