We are committed to supporting and maintaining the natural environmental values of the locations where we operate, and to minimising adverse impacts on the surrounding environment. We actively conserve ecological and cultural heritage values at our sites for the benefit of current and future generations.

Our environment includes the surrounding natural environment and the local ecological communities in which we operate, both marine and terrestrial. We actively conserve ecological and cultural heritage values at our sites for the benefit of current and future generations.

Carbon management and climate change

NSW Ports is working to actively reduce the intensity of energy and water use at our assets, through transition to energy efficient lighting, plant and equipment and renewable energy sources and supply. We have achieved a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since FY15.

We recognise the importance of addressing climate change and are committed to playing a role in the transition to a low carbon future through our action plan. We proactively engage with stakeholders to identify and address emerging environmental issues to develop appropriate adaptation measures for long-term resilience

Environmental compliance

NSW Ports maintains a comprehensive environmental management system for compliance which includes an overarching Environmental Management Plan (EMP) at each of our sites.

The NSW Ports EMPs set the standard for environmental management and our tenants are required to report compliance with these plans.

We work on a process of continuous improvement by regularly monitoring potential environmental impacts and considering future environmental impacts/risks.

Ecological and heritage conservation

NSW Ports is committed to the conservation of sensitive ecological and cultural features at each of our four assets.

We maintain breeding ponds and associated habitat areas for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog at Port Kembla and Enfield. We have partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia to restore native vegetation in Sir Joseph Banks Park at Botany and restore wetlands and monitor frog populations at Port Kembla.

Cultural heritage items at Enfield, including the Pillar Water Tank and Tarpaulin Factory are on public display from the Enfield Intermodal Lookout. The Mobile Block Setting Steam Crane at Port Kembla was repaired and repainted in 2018 and its associated rail wagons are currently being refurbished.

We have achieved a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since FY15.

Sustainability actions for Our Environment

  • Continue implementation of the Environmental Ship Incentive for Port Botany and Port Kembla
  • Complete heritage conservation works on the Mobile Steam Crane at Port Kembla to preserve local heritage values
  • Assess the risks of firefighting foams and evaluate replacement options to better protect human health and local environmental conditions on land and in the water
  • Develop a noise model for Port Botany to plan for buffers and controls
  • Complete whole of site energy and air emissions inventories at each location to identify opportunities for improvement and measure the benefits of new initiatives
  • Establish a noise monitoring network at Enfield
  • Complete Enfield revegetation works
  • Continue partnership with the University of Wollongong’s Port Kembla off shore anchorage research project
  • Continue partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Bayside Council to restore vegetation in Sir Joseph Banks Park
  • Maintain and update environmental management plans and compliance tracking programs
  • Continue to maintain established Green and Golden Bell Frog habitat areas at Port Kembla and Enfield