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Port of Newcastle joins Hunter group pursuing UN sustainability goals

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Dry Bulk,

Port of Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, is one of seven Hunter institutions that have united to advocate for and drive local adoption of the United Nations’ (UN) sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Group members – Port of Newcastle, City of Newcastle, Compass Housing Services, Hunter Water, Kumalie, Port Waratah Coal Services and University of Newcastle – have committed to raise awareness and actively implement the SDGs in the region.

Port of Newcastle’s Environment, Planning and Sustainability Manager, Jackie Spiteri, said the move was part of efforts to become a more sustainable and responsible organisation.

“The UN’s 17 SDGs form the blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice,” Spiteri said.

“We have joined other leading Hunter institutions to create a shared vision in this area, build our region’s capability and look at what that looks like in practice, including how that affects the supply chain, procurement and strategic direction of each party.”

Port of Newcastle released its 2019 Sustainability Report in June, which measures the organisation’s progress in achieving its sustainability commitments and its contribution towards the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Hunter and regional NSW.

It is also moving to 100% renewable energy by 2021 and is continuing to transition all its vehicles to electric by 2023.

Spiteri added that a STEM scholarship programme for Aboriginal students, currently being developed through a partnership with University of Newcastle, and programmes to promote the empowerment of women in maritime, were just part of the port’s broader commitment to sustainable and responsible operations.

“Minimising our environmental footprint, diversifying trade and creating a more resilient economy requires a determined, long-term effort, with co-operation between the port and its stakeholders,” Spiteri commented.

“While we look to what the port could be in the decades ahead, it is clear there are things we can do today to make the way we operate the port more sustainable and responsible.”

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