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PON showcases sustainability journey with the world at GreenPort Live

Port of Newcastle will showcase its sustainability achievements to the world next week when it brings the globally-renowned GreenPort Live Webinar Series to Australasia for the first time.

Themed ‘Driving principles of sustainability’ the event, which attracts a global audience across the ports sector, will feature Port of Newcastle among a panel of top industry experts who will deep-dive into the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice in ports across the Asia Pacific region.

CEO Craig Carmody says attendees from across the globe will hear how Port of Newcastle is leveraging its Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) commitments as part of delivering its ambitious diversification plans to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port for future.

“Partnerships and shared thinking are critical to Port of Newcastle’s ability to find innovative ways to realise its long-term environmentally and socially responsible projects. By collaborating with GreenPort we have a key opportunity to connect with and learn from port leaders across the globe who are also committed to leading the way in environmental management and sustainably operated ports.”

GreenPort Live Australia is being produced in association with Port of Newcastle, the first port in Australia or New Zealand to become a member of the international EcoPorts network. Port of Newcastle has been working across the Pacific region as an advocate of the benefits of the EcoPorts initiative and encouraging other ports follow in its footsteps.

Led by facilitator Will Glamore, Chair of PIANC Australia, the panel will include Mike Gallacher, CEO of Ports Australia, who leads the country’s peak body representing the ports community and Port of Newcastle’s Senior Manager ESG, Jackie Spiteri. Ms Spiteri will bring her expertise in developing Port of Newcastle’s ESG Strategy as part of the Port’s strategic business objectives.

“Port of Newcastle has made great inroads to delivering against the environmental, social, governance targets and objectives set in our ambitious ESG strategy to date. This presents an exciting opportunity for the Port, as an accredited EcoPort, to share its learnings and outcomes with a broad group of like-minded stakeholders,” Ms Spiteri said.

Also joining the panel discussion is Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Declan Clausen, who will give insight into City of Newcastle’s perspective on how to successfully build a relationship between Port and City with a sustainable lens.

Completing the panel is World Ports Sustainability Program, IAPH, Technical Director Dr Antonis Michail. An engineer by trade, Dr Michail has a specialist background in environmental management of ports and freight transport systems at Master and PhD level. Antonis will round out the panel with a global scale perspective on driving sustainability with his experience within the World Ports Sustainability Program.

GreenPort LIVE is a sister event to its cornerstone GreenPort Congress being held in Greece from 20-22 October 2021.

The panel is free to attend with registrations open now. Find out more or join the panel on Wednesday 1 September from 12pm – 2pm AEST on the GreenPort Live event website

Port of Newcastle

Port of Newcastle Port of Newcastle is Australia’s deepwater global gateway, the largest on the nation’s East Coast. Port of Newcastle is more than a port. It exists to build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions. With trade worth about $26 billion to the national economy each year, Port of Newcastle enables Australian businesses to successfully compete in international markets. The port currently handles 4,400 ship movements and 164 million tonnes of cargo annually, including dry bulk, bulk liquids, ro-ro, general and project cargoes and containers. 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 future 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 future.

Media enquiries: Port of Newcastle Media Team via +61 2 4908 8214 or Media@portofnewcastle.com.au