The Port of Newcastle has become the first port within both Australia and New Zealand to commit to meeting global and environmental sustainability standards as set by EcoPorts.
Initiated in 1997 and fully integrated into the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in 2011, EcoPorts is currently the only Environmental Management Standard (EMS) specific to the global port sector.
The Port of Newcastle was granted membership to the International EcoPorts Network in January 2019 after it completed a set of “rigorous” assessments to benchmark its environmental and sustainability practices against 120 major ports.
Jackie Spiteri, the port’s environmental advisor, 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.”
One example of how the organisation is committed to safety and environmental compliance is its AU$33m (US$23.6m) Newcastle Bulk Terminal upgrade which features new “state-of-the-art” crane and conveyor infrastructure.
In an effort to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and minimise its environmental impact the port has planned to further expand automation and electrification of the port.
The port is also continuing to reduce fuel, power and water consumption across its operations to reduce its environmental impact.
Dr Christopher Woodridge, Ecoport’s science coordinator and senior trainer, said: “[The Port of Newcastle] is well-placed to be a catalyst for action throughout the region as ports exchange knowledge and experience through the EcoPorts network.”