From: The Fiji Times - 6/07/2008
THE ethanol plant which is planned to be set up in Naitasiri by 2010 will not emit any waste into the soil and river, according to the national strategic committee on bio-fuel.
Deputy chairman Aliki Turagakula said the committee considered the environmental issues related to the establishment of the plant when it met with a Chinese delegation this year.
He said they made an assessment to see if it was addressing the Kyoto Protocol to which Fiji was a signatory and was committed to reducing greenhouse gases by at least 10 per cent by 2015.
"One of the strategies of the Kyoto Protocol was the clean development mechanism which is basically the promotion of renewable energy to replace fossil fuel which emits a lot of carbon dioxide.
"We are aware and we don't want any environment degradation. We don't want any destruction of marine life in our eco-system. That is why we are seriously considering this technology from China."
Mr Turagakula said China had an international patent to the technology which reduces, reuses and recycles waste.
"So we are reducing the release of greenhouse gases and reusing all the waste from the factory."
He said 50 acres leased for the plant would accommodate recycling machines. so waste could be recycled.
"I believe people speculate a lot on the environment impact of this plant. While we are receptive to their concerns we are also looking into it by using these technologies."
Mr Turagakula said the clean development mechanism adopts the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle and would ensure technologies used at the plant reduces green house gas emissions, reuse waste and recycles it.