Preserving the inherent worth of port assets for the future
Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) core values include the protection of our environment and the community, and the preservation of the inherent worth of Port assets for the future. Our sustainability programs address these values and we work hard to continually improve our environmental, social and economic performance by identifying and managing risks and implementing resource efficiency opportunities.
These actions are important to the success of our business and address material risks to the commercial and operational activities of our Port including those that have an impact on our ability to create or preserve economic, environmental and social value for ourselves, our stakeholders and the community at large.
Resource Efficiency Opportunities
Our operations involve the consumption of energy and natural resources. For example, we are a significant user of energy in our operations, such as use of electricity to power electric motors and lighting, and diesel used by the coal handling ‘dozer’ fleet.
We investigate and implement Resource Efficiency Opportunities to address energy, water, waste and resource processes and the challenges to our ongoing operations including:
fuel efficiency specifications for our vehicle fleets
monitoring and evaluation of resource consumption.
Energy and Greenhouse Gas
To improve our energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) performance we identify efficiency opportunities by monitoring the handling and use of hydrocarbons (gas, oil, diesel, and petrol), electricity and other chemicals as potential emissions sources of GHG and volatile compounds. We implement systems to manage these emissions with an overall reduction goal.
We have both a commercial need and an obligation to measure, verify and report on energy use, GHG emissions and management strategies across the Port. These obligations include National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGERS) which is submitted to the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer by the 31 October following the end of the reporting year on June 30th.
We use a significant quantity of water in the operation of our facilities. Raw water represents our largest consumption of water. The primary use of this water is for dust suppression of the coal and bulk products stockpiles. Water usage is weather dependant and usage tends to increase during dry and windy periods. We receive potable and raw water supplies from the Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) and the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) respectively.
Water management actions including a site water balance, provide details of sources of water supply, on-site water use and management, and off-site water discharges. This information assists us to manage our water consumption and to maintain compliance with applicable commercial, legal and other requirements.
Our operations involve the generation of many different waste types. This waste may impact upon the environment if not properly managed. Waste generated on-site include general solid and liquid waste generated by both staff and the community accessing Port facilities such as the Marina. We also generate specialised waste associated with our operations, such as oils, lubricants, solvents and quarantine waste.
Our waste management objectives include a reduction in waste to landfill through adequate monitoring, evaluation, resource-use minimisation and efficient waste disposal practices.
We minimise the risks of waste impacts by using suitably licensed contractors, processes and facilities, and we report on both wastes and pollutants through National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) reports submitted to the Queensland State Government by 30th September following the end of the reporting year on June 30th.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility
We have a responsibility to ensure that the Social License to Operate granted by our community be continuously strengthened.
Our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has an influence upon:
our competitive advantage
our ability to attract and retain workers, clients and supporters
the view of government, media, and the financial community
our relationship to the community in which we operate.
Ongoing communication and consultation with the communities in which we operate is required in order to continually monitor and manage our potential impacts.