Potential Tangible and Intangible Benefits of Sustainable Shipping in Small Island Developing States

Potential Tangible and Intangible Benefits of Sustainable Shipping in Small Island Developing States

Jennifer Teeter (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/IJICTHD.2016070104
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Small island development states (SIDS) have called for a 25% reduction in fossil fuel used by transport by 2033 at COP21 in 2015. Recognizing that the current global shipping system based on the container ship model is effectively wreaking havoc on the global environment while marginalizing people in their countries, attention is being turned to small-scaled, durable, affordable, energy-efficient, renewable-energy powered wind ships built to fit the needs, means and context of the communities that use them. After outlining the impacts of the current shipping system, this article turning to an analysis of the Greenheart Project. Greenheart Project aims to create a network of vessels powered by solar and wind technologies for transportation purposes, while developing a means for further regional and international cooperation, sustainability, and ethical business that prioritizes the unique and differing needs of communities. This paper will evaluate the Greenheart Project model of small-scaled cargo transport, measuring its tangible and intangible benefits and discussing potential applications in the South Pacific for regional trade and transport networks.
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From Wind To Carbon

Throughout history, shipping has played an important part in societies around the world. In some regions, it is central to most parts of society, such as in Oceana where sea-routes are the lifelines of the islands there, while ocean voyaging maintains a history of more than 6000 years. Pacific islanders had colonized the entirety of the Pacific Ocean in fast double hulled sailing ships when Europeans were still mainly using only coastal vessels (Nuttall, D’Arcy; Philp, 2014).

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