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Our Commitment

Investing In a Sustainable Future

NSW Ports is a critical link in the nation’s supply chain. Our key trade gateways at Port Botany and Port Kembla contribute more than $13 billion annually to the NSW economy and support about 65,000 jobs. Sustainability is essential not only to our business but to the success of the industries and communities with which we work closely.

Our vision is to be a world-class port and logistics manager driving sustainable growth. Our strategic environmental, social and governance priorities plot the path towards realising that vision, through:

  • Responsible asset management delivering fit-for purpose infrastructure that supports the sustainable and efficient movement of goods
  • Decarbonising our operations by 2025 and working with our suppliers, tenants and customers to reduce our value chain emissions
  • Building strong, trusted and mutually beneficial relationships with the communities within which we operate
  • Ensuring a workplace where our people feel engaged, included and supported to be their best


Our Strategy

In 2022, we conducted a materiality assessment to help us understand which environmental, social and governance issues were most important to the sustainability of our business.


The seven interrelated topics in the middle layer of our diagram represent the most important risks and opportunities for us to focus on to ensure we remain strongly competitive, highly resilient, responsible and adaptable. The outer layer shows our four strategic priorities for the years ahead and illustrates which material topics inform them. 

2022 Sustainability Strategy

Our Priorities

Our Reporting

NSW Ports believes strongly in accountability and transparency to actively demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable future. Our suite of reports and policies illustrate the ways in which we are delivering on our commitments. 

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.

Sustainability Advantage Program

Sustainability Advantage Program

NSW Ports is a Member of Sustainability Advantage, a program of the NSW Government’s Office of Energy and Climate Change.  In 2022, NSW Ports has become a Silver Partner of the program in recognition of our significant environmental achievements.

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.

Research partnerships