NSW Ports has released its new Sustainability Strategy which builds on its target of net zero Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, with commitments to use 100 per cent renewable electricity and to work with tenants and customers across the port precincts in the implementation of their decarbonisation roadmaps.
NSW Ports’ Sustainability Strategy advocates for decarbonisation, sustainable development and ongoing support for community engagement and investment and includes a commitment by NSW Ports to build resilience in a changing environment by responding to the business-related risks of climate change.
The strategy also includes NSW Ports’ commitments to:
- Ensure 100 per cent of developments at its ports and intermodal centres comply with a sustainable development code
- Improve efficiency and environmental outcomes by shifting more goods from road to rail
- Implement a sustainable procurement procedure and supplier code of conduct to help decarbonise the supply chain
- Invest in smart technology to monitor and manage environmental factors, such as noise and weather, across its assets
- Promote reconciliation with local First Nations communities
- Continue its community engagement and investment program, which has supported more than 30 community groups over the past three years
- Ensure staff feel engaged, included, and supported in the workplace
- Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework to accurately measure strategy progress.
NSW Ports CEO, Marika Calfas, said the Sustainability Strategy built on the company’s achievements to ensure it remained highly resilient, responsive and responsible in its operations.
“We all have an important role to play in actively working toward a better future for the environment, the economy and our society,” Ms Calfas said.
“Sustainability is essential not only to our business but to the success of the industries and communities with which we work.
“Our key trade gateways at Port Botany and Port Kembla contribute more than $13 billion annually to the New South Wales economy and support about 65,000 jobs.
“As a critical node in the national economy, we are committed to decarbonising our own operations and working collaboratively with other organisations to support decarbonisation across the supply chain.”
Ms Calfas said sustainability is no longer solely synonymous with the environment.
“While our plan proudly includes decarbonation targets, being a world-class port with climate resilient infrastructure, championing sustainable growth and supporting our local communities, are all important,” Ms Calfas said.