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Fiji Focuses on Green Travel

October 28, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Fiji has staked its claim as the first country to launch a national low carbon travel and tourism sector initiative.

The national tourist office and key players in the destination’s tourism, hotel and business sectors have aligned resources with Australian-based clean technology specialist Greenlight Technology Group (GLTG) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) to help advance Fiji as a low carbon tourism destination.

According to GLTG CEO Chris Andrew, the first phase of the initiative—the establishment of an alliance amongst all key players in the Fiji tourism industry and clean technology businesses—is already underway.

The next step, he said, will be for the alliance to work together to prepare an advisory paper on how best to bundle a range of individual hotel initiatives into a larger Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The proposed Fijian Hotel CDM Program will be a world first for the tourism sector.
When this has been completed, a pilot project deploying energy efficiency technologies and small-scale renewable energy sources will be rolled out across the destination over the next 12-15 months.

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