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Port operations can be both environmentally friendly and commercially viable. Our aim is to continually decrease the amount of resources, including water, energy and materials that we use.

Climate Change Mitigation

Port Authority of New South Wales is working closely with tenants, local council and State Government to ensure that port infrastructure and port operators are prepared for the impacts of climate change.

The following activities are currently being undertaken:

  • Preparation of a Climate Change Risk Assessment for Port Authority of New South Wales
  • Consideration of Climate Change mitigation factors in Development Applications

A key element of the Port Authority of New South Wales Sustainability Policy is resource reduction, a commitment to continually decrease the amount of resources including water, energy and materials that we use.

The following activities are currently being undertaken:

  • Participation in the Sydney Water Every Drop Counts Business Program
  • Development of an internal resource reduction group: Green Warriors

Sustainability Legislation

Much of the operations and activities undertaken by Port Authority of New South Wales, its tenants and associated industry are associated with environmental licences and state and federal environmental legislation.

Port Authority of New South Wales ensures its operations are conducted within the guidelines of applicable environmental licences and legislation and endeavours to guide its tenants and the port industry to do the same.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 was released by the Federal Government in September 2007 and aims to establish a national framework for corporations to report greenhouse gas emissions, reductions, removals and offsets and energy consumption from July 1, 2008.

The Act's goal is to reduce the number of reports companies need to send to government by eliminating duplication between state and national schemes. It is also established as a function of the future national Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

The Act requires corporations to register and report if they exceed the total greenhouse gas emissions or energy production or consumption thresholds within a given financial year.

Our current data and analysis indicate that Port Authority of New South Wales has emission and energy usage totals well under the thresholds and thus will not be reporting within the Act.

Sydney Ports Total Emissions CO2 Graph 2004-2009 

Port Authority of New South Wales total CO2 emissions

Australian Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

While the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is still a draft proposal under the current definitions and thresholds, Port Authority of New South Wales will not be required to obtain a permit, develop abatement or report on emissions.

However, Port Authority of New South Wales is aware of the domino effects of the scheme and is working closely with tenants to ensure the port community is prepared for the introduction of this scheme.

Although Port Authority of New South Wales is not required to obtain a permit, develop abatement or report on emissions, we will still investigating innovative ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.