Wednesday 11th Dec, 2019

Port of Newcastle commits to international environmental benchmark

The Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to commit to meeting global environmental and sustainability standards as set by Environmental Management Standard (EMS) EcoPorts.

The port was granted membership into the International EcoPorts network after completing rigorous assessments to benchmark its environmental and sustainability practices against 120 major ports across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

EcoPorts was originally developed in 1997 and remains the only EMS specific to the global port sector.

Port of Newcastle environmental adviser Jackie Spiteri said the organisation had chosen to be a pioneer in the region as part of its commitment to continuous improvement as a resilient and sustainable port.

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“Port of Newcastle is pleased to be part of a global network of ports operating within an established environmental and sustainability framework that understands and actively addresses the complex aspects of port operations,” Spiteri said.

“We not only commit to meeting EcoPort’s world’s-best practice standards, but will work with other ports across the region to champion the environmental and sustainability benefits available for the maritime industry.”

The news follows the Port of Newcastle’s announcement that it intends to further expand automation and electrification of the port to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and minimise its environmental impact.

The port’s $33 million Newcastle Bulk Terminal upgrade – which features a new ship unloader with state-of-the-art crane and conveyor infrastructure – is one example of how the organisation is committed to the latest in safety and environmental compliance.

The port is also continuing to reduce fuel, power and water consumption across its operations in order to reduce its environmental impact.