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Sustainability

Our Commitment

Driving sustainable growth that balances environmental and social needs

At NSW Ports our vision is to be a world class port and logistics manager, driving sustainable growth. Sustainability is integral not only to our business, but to the long-term success of the supply chain industries.

We recognise we have a responsibility to provide value for our shareholders, whilst delivering on our responsibility to keep Australia's economy moving, make a positive contribution to communities in which we operate and protect the environment.

View the NSW Ports Sustainability Policy

Sustainability Plan

Our 2019-2022 Sustainability Plan provides the framework for our sustainability commitment, covering four key focus areas: Our Business, Our Environment, Our Community and Our People. The Plan also provides an overview of the key sustainability actions we will deliver for each of these focus areas.

Our business

Our business

How we do business is as important as what we do, and we are committed to being ethical, responsible and transparent in our actions. Our business includes our approach to governance, our assets and the way we conduct our operations.

Our environment

Our environment

We are committed to supporting and maintaining the natural environmental values of the locations where we operate, and to minimising adverse impacts on the surrounding environment. We actively conserve ecological and cultural heritage values at our sites for the benefit of current and future generations.

Our community

Our community

We aim to contribute to the building of strong, inclusive communities that thrive for the long term by investing in, and supporting our local communities and organisations. Our community includes our residential neighbours, visitors, community organisations, local businesses and stakeholders.

Our people

Our people

We recognise that our people are key to our success. We are committed to creating an inclusive, engaged work environment and investing in our people to support the delivery of our business strategy. Our people include all employees and contractors of NSW Ports.

Our 2019–2022 Sustainability Plan Provides an overview of the key sustainability actions we will deliver for each of these focus areas.

View 2019 Sustainbiilty Plan


Sustainability reporting

We are committed to being transparent in our sustainability planning and actions, and provide an annual Sustainability Scorecard which details how we are tracking against our sustainability goals.

The sustainability scorecard covers data relative to the sustainability indicators nominated in the 2019 Sustainability Plan to measure our performance. Where indicators are aligned with Global Report Initiative (GRI) metrics, the relevant GRI identifier is provided.

Sustainability in action

We are committed to taking a leading role in securing a sustainable future by actively participating in state, national and global initiatives.

United-Nations-Sustainable-Development-Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our 2019 Sustainability Plan aligned our Sustainability Actions with key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program

NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program

In 2019, NSW Ports received Bronze recognition for sustainability performance through the NSW Government's Sustainability Advantage Program which supports organisations to improve their environmental and sustainability performance.

Navigating a Changing Climate

Navigating a Changing Climate

Navigating a Changing Climate is an initiative of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. We have signed on as a supporter and agreed to take action to ensure that port infrastructure is designed, constructed and maintained to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

World Ports Sustainability Program

World Ports Sustainability Program

We support the World Ports Sustainability Program through our national peak body, Ports Australia. The program aims to demonstrate the leading role ports are taking globally in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The WPSP was established in 2017 by the International Association of Ports and Harbours.

Environmental Ship Index

Environmental Ship Index

The Environmental Ship Index is a key initiative of the World Ports Sustainability Program to promote cleaner shipping. We are proud to support this program, by providing financial incentives for ships visiting our ports whose environmental performance surpasses the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)'s requirements.

The IMO aims to reduce total annual Greenhouse Gas emissions by 50% by 2050, with a view to phasing them out completely.

Paris Climate Agreement

Paris Climate Agreement

We support the Paris Climate Agreement and are committed to minimising our carbon footprint by pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. We also work with our tenants and port users to identify opportunities to reduce emissions associated with the use of our ports, intermodal assets and related supply chains.

Research partnerships

Low carbon geopolymer concrete hanbar project

Low carbon geopolymer concrete hanbar project

The UNSW project came about in early 2016 when researchers began looking at innovative ways to use industrial by-products such as steel slag in the production of large scale infrastructure. As a result of effective collaboration across industry and research, fourteen 18-tonne Hanbar units made from high density low carbon geopolymer concrete were cast and placed on the northern breakwater at Port Kembla Harbour. These units are monitored on an ongoing basis for stability and integrity (in comparison to the units made up of the traditional concrete mix) and are providing a valuable benchmark for the future use of geopolymer concrete.

Sea sand concrete cylinders project

Sea sand concrete cylinders project

The UOW research thesis is investigating the effects of using unwashed sea sand in concrete as opposed to river sand, natural sand or manufactured sand. The project set out to investigate and compare the compressive strength and chemical composition of concrete cylinders made with sea sand and placed in the marine environment at Port Kembla. The cylinders have been closely monitored throughout the duration of this experiment and in May 2020, the final cylinders were removed for testing - with the final research paper currently in production and we look forward to sharing the findings in due course.

Offshore anchorage project

Offshore anchorage project

Since 2018, we have been collaborating with the University of Wollongong and the Office of Environment and Heritage to map and assess the ecological value of offshore anchorage grounds. The project is utilising sophisticated monitoring techniques, including towed and baited underwater video to survey the seabed for submerged rocky reefs and fish habitat. The aim of the project is to inform sustainable management practices for the long term, allowing vessels to safely anchor near ports while conserving marine habitat areas.