Ports Australia has launched a Sustainability Hub and report Ports and a Sustainable Australia, highlighting Australian port sustainability projects.
The report showcases the efforts being made by Ports around the country to assist in improving Australia for future generations. The Sustainability Hub is the live home for all sustainability projects happening around the country.
Chief Executive of Ports Australia, Mike Gallacher, said, “Australia’s Ports are economic foundations facilitating over 98 per cent of our physical trade, but they are also community members and environmental partners.
“Ports exist in communities and they are part of those communities. They also operate in some of our most beautiful and important natural environments.
“Ports incorporate sustainability into their business plans and operational practices, but this report is the first time in Australia that these efforts have been collected, categorised and displayed.
“Sustainability is at the core of Port business planning. Ports depend on the future of the natural environment and community they operate in making these sustainability initiatives vital to business success while benefiting wider Port stakeholders.”
The report is separated into five categories provided by the World Ports Sustainability Program, these categories are Climate and Energy, Community and port-city dialogue, Governance and Ethics, Resilient Infrastructure, and Safety and Security.
These categories sort the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a way applicable to Ports.
“We have selected just 13 projects to showcase from the hundreds happening around the country. I’m looking forward to releasing many more of these fantastic projects on the reports online home,” Mr Gallacher said.
“Partnerships play a big role in many of the sustainability projects happening around the country. As part of the report’s launch we have captured one fantastic example in Brisbane where the Port, farmers and government have come together to improve the health of the Brisbane River.
Mr Gallacher said that the initiative has protected farmland, improved river health and reduced sedimentation in the Port and wider Morten Bay.
“This story perfectly captures the results partnerships can produce.”