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​Energy management in Pacific Ports focus of workshop

News 2 Aug 2017

The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific) Regional Workshop on Energy Management in Ports has attracted Directors, Chief Executive Officers and Managers from nine Pacific Island countries' ports and administrations.

Starting on August 1 in Auckland, the aim of the two and a half day regional workshop has been to provide participants with an understanding of energy consumption in ports, as well as with tools and methods to monitor and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from port operations.

An energy audit conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) at the Port of Suva, Fiji, last year, showed a production of 3,100 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas (CO2-e) energy - the Port’s third highest expense, after labour and machinery.

Approximately 25kg CO2-e is produced per container at the Port of Suva, which is slightly lower than the 2013 reported 30kg CO2-e per container for 42 ports in the world.

However, the energy audit demonstrated 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 three year’s recovered costs.

Head of MTCC-Pacific, the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Deputy Director of Transport, Thierry Nervale says reducing energy consumption from port operations will contribute to the overall objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the Pacific maritime sector.

“MTCC-Pacific is established to build the capacity of Pacific countries and lead by example in this goal,” he adds.

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

The vision of MTCC-Pacific is a Pacific low-carbon maritime transport, which supports Pacific Island countries and territories’ sustainable development goals.

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

SPC in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are hosts of MTCC-Pacific, a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Several ports are already committed with the support of MTCC-Pacific, to implement energy management systems and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.

This is demonstrated by the high-level representation from Pacific ports and administrations at the workshop including the attendance of Tonga’s Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei.

The MTCC-Pacific Regional Workshop for Energy Management in Ports will be followed by the 42nd Conference of the Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance, on August 3 and 4.

Visit SPC for more information on the organisation.

(Photo caption: Pacific Islands country port representatives discuss and share information on their various energy management plans.)