NEWCASTLE has offset carbon emissions from all corporate flights as part of efforts to reduce its impact on the environment.
Through a partnership with Greenfleet, a not-for-profit environmental group, the port is now offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for international and domestic corporate flights.
The initial contribution is to offset 208 tonnes of CO2-e, generated as part of corporate flights between January 2018 and September 2019, via the planting of about 775 native trees to establish a biodiverse forest.
Future emissions are to be offset quarterly.
Trees absorb CO2-e from the environment, but also have other benefits including improving water quality, reducing soil degradation, canopy coverage and providing habitat for native wildlife.
Port of Newcastle environment, sustainability and planning manager Jackie Spiteri said the initiative was part of a plan for the port to contribute towards improving the social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Hunter Region.
“Port of Newcastle is the proud custodian of this critical infrastructure asset – we are committed to creating a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential,” Ms Spiteri said.
“While we look to minimise travel wherever possible, as a global trade gateway with both domestic and international customers and investment, corporate travel is often a necessity for our people.
“We are pleased to partner with Greenfleet to offset the carbon emissions generated by this travel while also pursuing other initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and diversify the trade we accommodate.”
Ms Spiteri said they looked forward to working with both the NSW and Commonwealth governments towards other initiatives contributing towards a more resilient and sustainable NSW economy.