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US Embassy to host Indo-Pacific Business Forum on sustainable development in Ports Sector

May 16, Colombo (LNW): The U.S. Embassy in Colombo will host a satellite event of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) on May 21, themed “Driving Sustainable Development in the Ports Sector.”

This event will run concurrently with the Sixth Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Manila, Philippines, co-hosted by the U.S. Trade Development Agency and the Government of the Philippines, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.

Businesses and stakeholders from across the Indo-Pacific region are invited to participate in this important event.

For those unable to attend in person, online registration is available through the main website: IPBF | Indo-Pacific Business Forum #IndoPacificBizForum.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority, in collaboration with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, is committed to transforming the nation’s ports into efficient and sustainable facilities through a greening initiative.

This initiative aims to enhance energy efficiency, reduce waste and emissions, and promote environmentally responsible shipping and transportation practices.

Additionally, it seeks to develop renewable energy capabilities, including solar and wind energy production at the ports.

The private sector is expected to play a pivotal role in this transformation by providing services and equipment to support port operations and the greening initiative.

Aligned with these sustainability goals, the global shipping sector is adopting carbon emissions reduction strategies, including the use of advanced technologies such as green methanol-fuelled cargo ships and electric tugboats.

Moreover, electric gantry cranes, terminal tractors, and other container-moving equipment are set to replace high-emission diesel versions, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of port operations.

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