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Port of Newcastle takes home 2023 NSW Sustainability Award

Port of Newcastle is pledging to continue putting sustainability at the top of its list following its latest award for its environmental work

The Port of Newcastle has once again been recognised for its environmental considerations, winning the Large Business Sustainable Leadership Award at the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards, presented by the Banksia Foundation.

Sponsored by the NSW government and presented by NSW climate change, energy and the environment minister Penny Sharpe, the NSW Sustainability Awards recognise those taking effective action on climate change, along with finalists’ innovation and commitment as an investment in the future.

Port of Newcastle chief financial officer and ESG strategy lead Nick Livesey says the award recognises what the port has been able to achieve since 2018 as well as the difference it has made while achieving strategic objectives.

“Port of Newcastle’s journey to embedding sustainability into everything we do is now five years in the making, with significant steps made and goals achieved,” Livesey says.

“Having recently been made a Gold Partner with the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program and receiving a third consecutive 5-star rating through the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the 2023 Large Business Sustainable Leadership Award demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future.”

Port of Newcastle senior manager of investor relations and ESG Matt Stephenson says the award recognises both what it has achieved to date as well as future sustainability commitments it’s making.

“We’ve made some significant inroads in recent years, from switching our fleet vehicles to fully electric, partnering with a green energy supplier to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy power and completing a port-wide lighting upgrade to more than 400 energy efficient LED lights,” Stephenson says.

“However, this year alone the Port has increased its SBTi Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction commitment to align with a 1.5 degree warming scenario, as well as continuing to lead the industry by setting a reduction target for Scope 3 carbon emissions.

“We are also proud signatories to the United Nations Global Compact, the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, reflecting the Port’s commitment to aligning its ESG and diversification strategies with the principles of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are reshaping and reimagining our future by making sustainability a priority, ensuring the Port is around for generations to come.”

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