The Centre provides a co-ordinated applied research, development and delivery hub for the Pacific Islands, providing capacity building, trialling, monitoring and assessment of alternative forms of transport. The Sustainable Transport Centre acts as a conduit for a broader transformative change of our Pacific societies using nature-based solutions to our development challenges.
Over the past decade Pacific Island Countries have been engaged in an active agenda to reduce their chronic dependency on imported fossil fuels, in large part by seeking renewable energy and alternative fuel substitution for fossil fuel generated electricity. However to date, this agenda has not seriously included renewable energy alternatives for transport.
The regions extreme fossil fuel dependency has a crippling effect on national budgets and revenues and impacts on key productive sectors in the region. The need for sustainable sea transport in the Pacific is vital for its plans for regional cooperation and integration. The future of Pacific Island economies and potential for trade will depend on effective sea transport for the foreseeable future. Economic integration depends critically on the development of seamless connectivity between countries. More sustainable and affordable shipping services are not only expected to boost connectivity between countries but within countries as well. Read more