Mainstreaming the Green/Blue Economy
If we are serious in transitioning the Pacific countries to become Green/Blue Economies it is important that we mainstream Green/Blue Economy in these countries to ensure that these do not just sit awkwardly on the side of an economy that is still run under the rules of the Brown economy. For anything to be mainstreamed, it is important that first, we bring about the necessary policy changes. However, education is also an important second component for mainstreaming the Green/Blue economy and this needs to be done at both formal and informal levels. A third important element to mainstream Green/Blue economy requires the contribution of the private sector in driving a business model that is sustainable both fiscally and environmentally. 
Our goal with these newsletters and the Pacific Green Business Centre portal is to spread the news about efforts being done in the Pacific and around the world hoping to inspire more such efforts by our business community. In this newsletter we have inspiring stories from Mr Howard Politini, Chair of PIPSO, and Tessa Price from ANZ bank. We also share stories from the Maritime and Aviation transport sectors, two stories that deal with the waste issue and one about our participation in the Smart Island World Congress. If you are from Fiji, when you finish reading please participate in our Fiji Bamboo Survey - it will only take 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Opinion article by Mr. Howard Politini, Chair of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)

The Pacific Green Business Centre (PGBC) is seeking opinions of influencers in the Pacific on issues related to the Green/Blue economy. It is appropriate that we start this series of opinion articles with one by Mr Howard Politini, Chair of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, the Pacific private sector umbrella organisation and the private sector partner of the PGBC.

“The environment has become a victim of unintended consequences aggravated by the pursuit of strengthening our economies and reaping profits in the global markets making us oblivious to the aggregating hazards and damage to the environment. Ironically the disturbances to nature has awoken the sleeping giant of global warming, climate change and extreme weather conditions assaulting defenceless communities. The search has been on for solutions and now a global effort is deemed to be the only process to attempt to mitigate or minimise the impact. Green Business has become the catch call to magnetise our innovations to converting science and technology to harmonise with our economy in an effort to save the planet." Mr. Politini says in this Opinion article.

Interview with Ms Tessa Price, ANZ Bank’s Regional Executive, Pacific Islands

In this interview, Ms Price tells us that “ANZ strongly believes in managing our business in a sustainable manner. We must be mindful of our impact on our environment, manage our resources carefully and play our role as responsible corporate citizens. Sustainability at ANZ is about ensuring our business is managed to take account of social, environmental and economic risks and opportunities. By taking these factors into consideration across all areas of our business, we can create and preserve value for customers, shareholders, our people, the environment and the communities in which we operate. For instance, we are continuously looking at ways of making our energy usage more efficient across our branch network. We are very proud that 30% of our power usage at our operations centre in Kalabu, Fiji, is now via solar energy, and we’re saving over 48,000lts of diesel every year – that’s approximately 2900 trees!”

Checklist and logo for Green Events

The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has compiled a checklist to help it organise greener events, that is, events that leave a lower environmental footprint. The Green Events Checklist covers areas such as waste, energy use, printing and supplies, travel, and food and catering. The Pacific Green Business Centre (PGBC) assisted the PIDF in developing this first version of a simple Green Events checklist. We intend to improve as we test it out while keeping it as simple as possible. The PGBC is encouraging other organisations and business houses to adopt the checklist and if they do so, to use the logo to promote their Green Event.

The Smart Island World Congress

The Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca hosted the second Smart Island World Congress which has become the leading global event on smart islands offering islands a space for debate where they can jointly face the challenges of the future in the field of technology, innovation and domestic resources. The Congress brought together participants from various islands from around the world. Palau and the Marshall Islands were represented. The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) was represented by the Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg.  He presented on sustainable maritime transport on behalf of the USP/RMI Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport’s Dr Peter Nuttall. The session was organised by the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA), of which PIDF is a member. At the same session were presentations by Arno  Boersma from the UNDP Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States based on Aruba, Paloma Zapata from Sustainable Travel International, Alson Kelen from Marshall Islands, Nick Ngwal from Palau, Kanell Ambroise from Guadeloupe and Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy from Precovery Labs. The session explored innovations that were becoming available for small islands and potential collaboration between organisations and different islands in order to achieve sustainable development.

Pacific seminar addressing Aviation emissions organised  by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) organised a seminar in Nadi from 23 -24 May 2018 to promote low carbon aviation efforts.

At the seminar, ICAO distributed four publications dealing with aviation emissions that were published recently: Renewable Energy for Aviation;   Financing Aviation Emissions ReductionRegulatory and Organizational Framework to address Aviation Emissions; and  Sustainable Aviation Fuels Guide. All these reports are on the PGBC Publications page.

The PIDF Secretary General Mr Francois Martel also presented at the Seminar stating that with aviation emissions currently sitting at about 2% of all global emissions, a no action scenario would have made the world’s goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5C almost impossible to achieve. He recognised ICAO's commitment to a goal of carbon-neutral growth in international aviation from 2020. 

Pacific should be proud of Pacific-led efforts to decarbonise shipping
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) noted the positive outcome of the 72nd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC72) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last month. The IMO meeting agreed to reduce shipping emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.

The PIDF Secretary General François Martel said, “This outcome, though less ambitious than what we would have liked, and what we need to save our Pacific peoples and their livelihoods, is a step in the right direction. It sends a clear market signal to the industry that they need to make the changes necessary to move the maritime shipping sector towards eventual zero emissions. There is therefore a need for increased research in the use of renewable energy in shipping and zero carbon fuels and development of better efficiency ship designs. And please don’t forget the shipping needs of our small islands when you do so.”
Composting at the Office

In its efforts to minimise waste, the Pacific Islands Development Forum, which hosts the Pacific Green Business Centre, has introduced composting in the office. Our interns, Evelyn Morris and Megan  Raisle are helping out in these efforts. They've put up a small bin to collect compostable waste in each of our two kitchens, with instructions on which waste is actually compostable. At the end of the day, the material is transferred to a large compost bin placed in the yard, procured from the Suva City Council for this purpose.

Promoting green Pacific products in the new Pacific Green Bazaar

The Pacific Green Business Centre introduced a Bazaar on its portal. The Bazaar will feature products from the Pacific that are contributing to the greening of the economy. Although currently we are only featuring products that have their own websites, eventually we would like to feature products from producers without such online services to be able to generate clients for these green entrepreneurs. Those wanting to purchase green Pacific products, or support their production, can do so by visiting the Bazaar now.

Those wanting to place their products on the Pacific Green Bazaar can do so by contacting us directly on email address: admin@greenbusiness.solutions 

SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all. Health services provided by the Private Sector need to ensure the wellfare of their patients comes before profit and offer the most affordable forms of medical services. This should also apply to the Pharmaceutical  industry that need to provide medicines at an affordable cost. The Private Sector also needs to ensure that their activities do not produce pollution. They should aim for a circular economy model and ensure waste from one process becomes an input in another, building these linkages between different industry sectors.

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