Turning the tide: the need for sustainable sea transport in the Pacific

Newell, Alison, Nuttall, Peter, Prasad, Biman, and Veitayaki, Joeli (2017) Turning the tide: the need for sustainable sea transport in the Pacific. Marine Policy, 75. pp. 249-259.

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Abstract

This paper reports on progress in developing a regional research and education strategy for Pacific Island countries and communities wishing to transition to a low carbon sea transport future. Sea transport is an absolute necessity for most such communities. All current services are fossil fuel based and are becoming increasingly unaffordable and unsustainable. The countries in the Pacific region are the most dependent on imported fossil fuels in the world, importing more than 95% of needs. Such dependency is having a crippling effect on national budgets and major impacts on key productive sectors. 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. Alternatives to current fossil fuel powered sea transport have been almost totally ignored in recent regional and national debates and the issue has been largely invisible within the policy and donor strategy space at all levels despite concerted efforts over more than two decades to transition Pacific countries' electricity sector fossil fuel use. The University of the South Pacific has been collaborating with a network of stakeholders and knowledge partners since 2012 to advance this agenda, building off previous doctoral research and the resultant Sustainable Sea Transport Talanoa 2012. Prasad et al. (2013) set out the basis for a catalytic research program following from the consensually agreed outputs of SSTT 2012 and this paper records the progress made since.

Item ID: 50575
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9460
Keywords: Pacific Island Countries, sea transport, low carbon transition, knowledge transfer
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 10:10
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150799 Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8507 Energy Conservation and Efficiency > 850702 Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Transport @ 50%
88 TRANSPORT > 8802 Water Transport > 880202 International Sea Freight Transport (excl. Live Animal Transport) @ 50%
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