MAELANGA CALLS ON PORTS TO ADOPT CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES.
Acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has called on regional Ports to adopt clean technologies in their operations.
Mr. Maelanga made the call when delivering his remarks during the 45th Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance (PMTA) Conference at the Heritage Park Hotel yesterday.
Emphasizing on the conferences’ theme, “Climate Change: Sustainability and Resilience of Pacific Ports”, Mr. Maelanga stressed that to deal with the impacts of climate change on Ports and Maritime transport systems requires the collaborative efforts of all member Ports.
He said the sustainable development of Ports and maritime transport systems are inseparable from the development of countries.
“We must priorities the reduction of greenhouse emissions in the maritime sectors. The shipping industry is a significant contributor to global emissions, and it is our responsibility to find innovative solutions to reduce our carbon forefront.
I encourage all delegates to engage in discussions on adopting cleaner technologies, promoting energy efficiency, and exploring alternative fuels.”
The Acting Prime Minister also reminded the conference participants on the importance of investing in infrastructures that are more resilient to changing weather conditions.
“We must invest in infrastructure that is resilient to the impacts of climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather conditions that pose significant traits to our Ports terminals and coastal infrastructures.”
“By integrating climate change adaption measures into the designs and construction of our maritime infrastructure we can enhance their resilience and ensure their long-term viability.”
The Solomon Island Ports Authority (SIPA) is the proud host of this year’s PMTA Conference, which brought together port authority executives and companies in the region for three days of dialogue on promoting regional cooperation and exchange of knowledge for the development of regional Ports.
The conference concludes today.