The Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to gain membership to the International EcoPorts network, having committed to meeting global sustainability standards.
According to a statement, Newcastle was required to complete a series of rigorous assessments that compared the port’s environmental practices against 120 major ports from around the world.
EcoPorts, established in 1997, is the only Environmental Management Standard (EMS) specific to the global port industry.
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Jackie Spiteri, Environmental Advisor at the Port of Newcastle, has stated that the organisation is acting as a pioneer for the region.
Spiteri said: “Port of Newcastle is pleased to be part of a global network of ports operating within an established environmental and sustainability framework that understands and actively addresses the complex aspects of port operations.
“We not only commit to meeting EcoPort's world's-best practice standards, but will work with other ports across the region to champion the environmental and sustainability benefits available for the maritime industry.”
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This sustainability initiative comes as the Port of Newcastle continues its efforts to further expand automated and electrified solutions at its port and terminal facilities, which is expected to improve the efficiency of Newcastle’s operations and reduce emissions.
A major upgrade of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal will see the implementation of a new, eco-friendly ship unloader, demonstrating the port’s commitment to complying with current safety and environmental regulations.
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Dr. Christopher Wooldridge, science coordinator and senior trainer at EcoPorts, commented: “The proactive approach being taken by Port of Newcastle to the key issues of environment and sustainability identifies the port as an exemplar of good practice.
“It is well-placed to be a catalyst for action throughout the region as ports exchange knowledge and experience through the EcoPorts Network.”
The Port of Newcastle is now working towards achieving certification under EcoPort's Port Environmental Review System, independently tested against best practice management by Lloyds Register.