Ports Australia’s Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2021 International Association of Ports and Harbors Awards, amongst two other Australian ports. 

The Guide has been shortlisted in the top three best projects, under the Governance and Ethics category, with the awards subject to a public vote.

The nomination comes to the Ports Australia team after years of dedication to collaboration and better understanding sustainability planning producing a robust and adaptable Guide. 

Australia is generously represented amongst the finalists, with both Port of Brisbane and Gladstone Ports Corporation in the running for a prize. 

Ports Australia will also be competing in the Governance and Ethics category against DP World, whose Global Education Programme is in the frontrunning. 

Ports Australia’s CEO, Mike Gallacher, felt honoured by the nomination and thanked colleagues across the membership and industry.

“This recognition is credit to Ports Australia’s membership, particularly the Sustainability Working Group in consultation with Sprott Planning & Environment who pioneered this Guide document, all whose expertise our team simply couldn’t go without.

“The sustainability journey we at Ports Australia have been taken on with our members has brought us to a new level of passion for the indispensable nature of sustainable practice and planning.”

Sustainability planning is essential in ports for a successful business, ensuring an environment that is operational over the long term. 

Ports Australia has endeavoured in its Guide to provide Australian ports with a systematic and robust approach to sustainability, as they prepare their strategies or evolve the work they’ve already done. 

Ports Australia is up against two strong contenders in DP World’s Global Education Programme and Port of Cartagena’s UN SDGs integration in port sustainability.

“While Ports Australia does not expect to be recognised like this, it’s humbling and reassuring to know our work is valued and that sustainability planning is being realised as essential to ports globally.

“Ports Australia is incredibly proud of the relationship we share with the IAPH and WPSP teams who are always supportive of the journey our ports in this unique part of the world are taking,” Mr Gallacher said. 

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