Port Sponsorships Underlie Wider Initiative

Port of Newcastle offering sponsorships worth up to $6,000.

Port of Newcastle is offering sponsorships worth up to $6,000 for local sustainability initiatives that lead to lasting social and environmental benefits.

Angie Francisco, the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Manager, said the Community Sponsorship Program was open to eligible organisations, groups and charities that focused on adding value to the Newcastle area.

Funding offered through the Community Sponsorship Program is in addition to the $1million the Port provides annually through the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund,” Ms Francisco said.

The Contribution Fund, administered by the New South Wales Government, supports the development of community infrastructure. Port of Newcastle’s Sponsorship Program adds further local value by helping to deliver projects that give rise to thriving, prosperous communities for generations to come.

Priority will be given to activities that deliver measurable environmental benefits, support student engagement in STEM-related career pathways, or empower women within the workforce particularly in STEM and leadership roles.”

Ms. Francisco said the Community Sponsorship Program was part of the Port’s commitment to enhancing its contribution to the social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Hunter Region and NSW.

Visit portofnewcastle.com.au/sponsorship and lodge an application by Friday 6 March 2020.

Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said the organisation wished to play a major role in the NSW economy and to contribute to local and regional sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability is at the core of the Port’s business strategy and culture,” Mr. Carmody said.

As well as embedding sustainability principles across our operations, the Port’s focus is on diversifying trade and the regional economy, improving the efficiency of existing supply chains, supporting the global transition to renewable energy and fostering community partnerships that support these objectives.”

PoN Lead ANZ in global Environmental and Sustainability Standards

Port of Newcastle is the first port in Australia or New Zealand to be certified by EcoPorts, the global environmental and sustainability standard for the ports sector.

EcoPorts this month certified Port of Newcastle under its Port Environmental Review System (PERS) following independent tests by Lloyd’s Register to measure the port against best practice management around the world.

Port of Newcastle is now one of 115 ports around the world to have been certified under the program.

It comes as the Port pursues diversification projects underpinning a more resilient and sustainable future for the Hunter and NSW economies, in close partnership with the Berejiklian Government.

The port’s Environment, Sustainability & Planning Manager, Jackie Spiteri, said the EcoPorts certification was an important milestone for the organisation, recognising its commitment to environmental management and sustainability.

Gaining EcoPorts certification for this leading global standard recognises the work Port of Newcastle is doing to enhance its contribution to the social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Hunter Region and NSW,” Ms. Spiteri said.

Given sustainability is central to the port’s business strategy, we are actively working to manage the environmental challenges we face as a city-port by focusing on diversifying trade and improving efficiency and safety of the supply chain.

We are also seeking to minimise and offset the Port’s environmental footprint and partnering with employees, customers and community on sustainability initiatives.

The certification milestone is also significant in that it enables valuable collaboration and learning opportunities with other similarly-committed ports around the world, including the highly-regarded teams at Port of Rotterdam, Port of Hamburg and Port of Amsterdam.”

Developed in 1997, EcoPorts remains the only Environmental Management Standard (EMS) specific to the global port sector that actively addresses and manages the complex environmental challenges ports face.

Port of Newcastle continues to work with a number of other ports across Australia and New Zealand to champion the EcoPorts standard, with several now pursuing the opportunity to participate in the global initiative.

The port’s $35 million Newcastle Bulk Terminal upgrade – which features a new ship unloader with state-of-the-art crane and environmental monitoring systems – is one example of how the organisation is committed to the latest in safety and environmental compliance.

The port is also continuing to improve efficiency, and reduce fuel, power and water consumption across its operations in order to reduce its environmental impact.

Port of Newcastle partners with Greenfleet to offset carbon emissions

Port of Newcastle has offset carbon emissions from all corporate flights as part of efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and create a more sustainable port.

Through a partnership with Greenfleet, a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation, the Port is now offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all international and domestic corporate flights from January 2018 and into the future.

The initial contribution will offset 208 tonnes of CO2-e, generated as part of corporate flights between January 2018 and September 2019, through the planting of approximately 775 native trees to establish a biodiverse forest. Future emissions will be offset quarterly.

Trees absorb CO2-e from the environment, but also have other benefits including improving water quality, reducing soil degradation, canopy coverage and providing essential habitat for native wildlife.

Port of Newcastle Environment, Sustainability and Planning Manager Jackie Spiteri said the initiative was part of an ambitious plan for the Port to contribute towards improving the social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Hunter Region and NSW.

Port of Newcastle is the proud custodian of this critical infrastructure asset – we are committed to creating a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential,” Ms. Spiteri said.

While we look to minimise travel wherever possible, as a global trade gateway with both domestic and international customers and investment, corporate travel is often a necessity for our people.

We are pleased to partner with Greenfleet to offset the carbon emissions generated by this travel while also pursuing other initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and diversify the trade we accommodate.

We look forward to working closely with both the NSW Government and Australian Government towards other initiatives that contribute towards a more resilient and sustainable NSW economy.

We share the Berejiklian Government’s interest in making NSW an attractive location for private investment and enabling the economy to adapt to global changes.”

The announcement follows Port of Newcastle’s EcoPorts certification last month, making the Port the first in Australia or New Zealand to reach this key milestone.