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2019 Jan 23

Port of Newcastle to become the first Australian port to join the International EcoPorts network

Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to commit to meeting global environmental and sustainability standards as set by the International EcoPorts network.

The port was granted membership of the network this month, after it completed assessments to benchmark its environmental and sustainability practices against 120 major ports across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Developed in 1997, EcoPorts is the only environmental management standard specific to the global port sector.

Port of Newcastle environmental adviser Jackie Spiteri said the organisation had chosen to be a pioneer in the region as part of its commitment to continuous improvement as a resilient and sustainable port.

“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,” Ms Spiteri said.

“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.”

It comes as Port of Newcastle confirmed its intention to further expand automation and electrification in an effort to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and minimise its environmental impact.

Source: www.theherald.com.au; Matthew Kelly

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