Ports Australia’s world-first ‘Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide’ has been prepared to provide Australian ports with assistance as they endeavor to prepare Sustainability Strategies. It outlines a strategic, robust and systematic approach that has been industry applied throughout Australia and New Zealand and workshopped at international congresses in Europe.
It acknowledges that every port business differs in terms of size, location, key demand drivers, financial / governance considerations, historical / legacy constraints, environmental setting, regulation and relationships with key stakeholders such as surrounding communities and port users. The methodology outlined in this guideline should be considered adaptable – and can be ‘right sized’ to suit any ‘port business’ – i.e. ports (private and public) and terminals.
The Guide has been produced in consultation with Ports Australia’s Sustainability Working Group as well as Sprott Planning & Environment. A four-stage process to developing a Sustainability Strategy is outlined within the Guide. It draws on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the WPSP areas of interest, and examples from around the world’s ports and their efforts towards a sustainable future.