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Sustainability and the Port of Brisbane. 13 February 2008. What is “Sustainability” . Economic progress whilst protecting the environment and being socially responsible (it’s a balance) Minimising environmental impacts is only one aspect of sustainability

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Sustainability and the port of brisbane

Sustainability and the Port of Brisbane

13 February 2008


What is “Sustainability”

  • Economic progress whilst protecting the environment and being socially responsible (it’s a balance)

  • Minimising environmental impacts is only one aspect of sustainability

  • Many resource efficiency projects save money, thus help to offset costs of broader sustainability initiatives

  • But…how do we gauge how sustainable we are?


Is offsetting greenhouse-intensive behaviours OK?


… or should we reduce emissions …

Arnie’s hydrogen powered Hummer


… or avoid the emissions altogether


Shifting from a subjective reflection of people’s values and “green-ness”

Climate change will modify how business is done.

Carbon metrics and financial metrics will be linked: carbon (phrased as equivalent tonnes of carbon, or T C02-e) will be the common currency

Businesses will be expected to account for, and reduce, their impacts on the environment.

Leaders will leverage their market position to make a material change through their supply chain

Changing perception of sustainability


What is the Corporation doing? and “green-ness”

  • Part of our business for the past 5-6 years

  • We have voluntarily reported our emissions via the Commonwealth’s Greenhouse Challenge Programme since 2003

  • Evolving from an environmental focus to both resource conservation and emission reduction

  • Link sustainability outcomes with financial ones (eg, vehicle policy includes lifecycle cost not solely purchase price)

  • Broader strategic context to be supported through employment of Sustainable Business Manager

  • Strong push towards a port community approach leverage greater gains


Why? and “green-ness”

  • To make a positive, measurable difference to our natural environment, our people, our community and our finances.

  • To maintain community’s and legislator’s trust in us doing the right thing: our license to operate.

  • To understand and mange our own climate change risks.


Priorities and “green-ness”

  • Site Development

  • Water Conservation

  • Materials

  • Stormwater

  • Transport

  • Energy

  • Waste

  • Healthy Buildings

  • Operation and Management

Greenhouse emission reductions are a

common metric across many of the above areas


Indicative greenhouse gas emissions and “green-ness”

* equivalent to the emissions (home + vehicles) of around 1000 families.


What is the Corporation doing? and “green-ness”

  • Pursuing ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, or “carbon footprint” by:

    • Introducing an environmental standard for

    • new port vehicles

    • New light control technology being trialled on

    • lamp towers

    • Investigating renewable power options

    • Offset our vehicles’ emissions through the

    • purchase of BP Ultimate petrol

  • Planning an inventory of air emissions at the port from which further strategies can be prioritised


Port Central 1 and “green-ness”

  • New flagship office building at the Port of Brisbane

  • 5 star design rating from the Green Building Council

  • Port Central 2 to build on Port Central 1 initiatives and be PBC new Corporate Office


Port Approach to Development and “green-ness”

  • Development guidelines take into account sustainability and aesthetic issues

  • Fact sheets to assist tenants and their consultants

  • Opportunity to influence design


Staff Engagement and “green-ness”

  • PBC has an internal and tenant (yet to meet) Sustainability Committee

  • Internal advisory group has representatives of most Corporation Divisions

  • CEO addresses staff quarterly

  • Internal newsletters, Environment Day


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