PIDF CALLS FOR ACTION ON CARBON EMMISIONS FROM AIR AND SEA TRANSPORT AT GLOBAL RENEWABLE ENERGY MEETING
The Pacific Islands Development has highlighted the rising problem of carbon emissions from air and sea transport during the recent meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held from 17-18 January 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In a statement issued during the fifth session of the IRENA”s Assembly the Deputy Secretary General of the PIDF Mr Penijamini RT Lomaloma stated,
“The Pacific Islands Development Forum, and the Pacific Leaders share the commitment to move towards renewable energy futures today, not tomorrow. As emissions grow, so does sea level and the threats online casino to Pacific Islands.The Pacific Islands leaders have already committed to renewable energy futures through the Majuro Declaration on climate leadership. We are working to lead by example and move quickly to renewable energy to demonstrate that it can be done quickly and effectively to build sustainable green/blue economies.The SIDS Lighthouse report is strong on renewable energy for electricity and power generation. In Pacific Island countries, power generation is less than half of the emissions problem. Seventy percent of our emissions are from the transport sector which is not covered by the UNFCCC process or the Climate Summit. Shipping is the fastest growing emissions sector.As power generation shifts more and more to renewable, sea and air transport will become a bigger and bigger problem. Chair, we in the Pacific Islands need IRENA to take the lead in solving the whole problem, not just part of the problem.”