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Port of Brisbane issues highly anticipated Sustainability Report

  • Posted on Tuesday 15th, October 2019.

Australia's third biggest multi-cargo port, Port of Brisbane, has released findings from its Sustainability Report 2018/19.

The report outlines the progress of its sustainability goals and achievements over the past 12 months, a time of growth and expansion in which it looked to build a more resilient and sustainable environment for customers, stakeholders and the broader Queensland community.

The port was home to over 73 businesses, according to PBPL CEO Roy Cummins, and remained an import/export gateway for Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“It’s also uniquely located in an area of high environmental value, which is why we are focused on minimising our impacts on the natural environment as well as the local community," he said.

“Our long-term Sustainability Strategy was developed following extensive consultation, with more than 350 external and internal stakeholders providing their input to help identify the issues that matter to all of us," said Cummins.

The report confirmed the Port of Brisbane was on target for its 2024/25 commitment to reduce its emissions by 24 per cent, bringing it in line with FY18 levels. 

Half of all PBPL-generated waste is recycled, marking an increase of 9 per cent on FY18.

In addition to the introduction of a Diversity and Inclusion Council, the port lost zero time on injuries, an estimated 77 per cent of goods and services purchased by PBPL was spent with local suppliers in Southeast Queensland.

Channel capacity and wharf infrastructure improvements increased vessel LOA by 13.6 per cent to 350 metres and vessel beam by 11.1 per cent to 50 metres.

Approximately $500 million has been forecast for port infrastructure works over the next five years.

Port of Brisbane's sustainability efforts were recently acknowledged with a 4-star rating in the globally recognised GRESB survey.

The strategy aligns to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and reports against the internationally recognised GRI Framework.

“While proud of what we have achieved during the year, we have also identified many opportunities for our business to continue improving and innovating," said Cummins.

"We’ll remain focused on these, working in partnership with our customers, stakeholders and the community,” he said.

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