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 abiodiverse 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,” Jackie 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.”
Jackie said that Port of Newcastle are thrilled to be partnering with Greenfleet and are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of their operations.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
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.
IMAGE | Jackie Spiteri, Port of Newcastle’s Environment Sustainability and Planning Manager
Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 166 million tonnes of cargo each year. Its annual trade worth more than $29 billion to the New South Wales economy, enabling businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets.
With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia.
As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential.