Australian technology in Fiji eco-resort to set a new sustainability benchmark

Saturday, 22 October, 2005

A Sydney-based company, Packaged Environmental Solutions (PES), has won a contract to provide eco-friendly and sustainable infrastructure facilities for an island resort in Fiji.

Under the contract PES will provide a total environmental solutions package for the 4.5-star Amanuca Island Resort plus a number of permanent houses located on Tokoriki Island, Fiji.

The company's managing director, Cornell Huysse, said the facilities would cater for 400 people and comprise a world-first package of technology and systems for power, air conditioning, domestic hot water and sewage treatment and reuse.

Mr Huysse said, "The RemPac system we will be using is designed to capture the waste heat from the generators to produce chilled water for air conditioning, continuous domestic hot water and treated water. This will save 50-80 litres of diesel fuel an hour and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 tonnes of CO2 a year."

The fluid disinfection system to be installed will also use the waste heat from the generators to kill or inactivate a large number of bacteria, pathogens and viruses, allowing the water to be safely reused for toilet flushing and clothes washing, etc.

"The end result is that the entire site will be environmentally friendly with no harmful effect to the fragile ocean ecology surrounding the island," Mr Huysse said.

Independent auditor of the project, Dr Therese Flapper from Ecowise Environmental, said, "I am looking forward to seeing these facilities installed on the island. The package of technologies and systems that will be used will set the benchmark for eco-friendly tourist resorts worldwide."

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