United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The NSW Ports 2019 Sustainability Plan includes icons at the beginning of each chapter to show the alignment between our sustainability actions and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information about these goals visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org.

NSW Ports actively participates in state, national and global initiatives to ensure we play a leading role in securing a sustainable future. These include:

Infrastructure Sustainability Ratings

We are working with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) to achieve a Design and As-Built rating for the Brotherson Dock Life Extension project at Port Botany.

ISCA seeks to promote infrastructure that is designed, constructed and operated to optimise environmental, social and economic outcomes over the long term.

Paris Climate Agreement

We are committed to minimising our carbon footprint by pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. We also work with our tenants and port users to identify opportunities to reduce emissions associated with the use of our ports, intermodal assetsand related supply chains.

Navigating a Changing Climate

We have signed on as a supporter of Navigating a Changing Climate, an initiative of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. We have agreed to take action to ensure that port infrastructure is designed, constructed and maintained to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Sustainability Advantage Program

We achieved Bronze Recognition in 2019 for sustainability performance through the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program. This supports organisations to improve environmental and sustainability performance.

World Ports Sustainability Program

We support the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) through our national peak body, Ports Australia. Established in 2017 by the International Association of Ports and Harbors, the program aims to demonstrate global leadership of ports in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We also participate as an incentive provider in the Environmental Ship Index, a key initiative of the WPSP to promote cleaner shipping. Through this program, we support the shipping sector to reduce emissions by providing financial incentives for ships visiting our ports whose environmental performance surpasses the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s requirements. The IMO aims to reduce total annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2050, with a view to ultimately phasing them out completely.