PORT of Melbourne today released its 2020 Sustainability Report, highlighting how the organisation has managed its material environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities amid a challenging operating year.

The report outlines:

  • the port handles more than one-third of Australia’s container trade;
  • the port facilitated 3008 ship arrivals and 2.9mTEU;
  • PoM struck four new community partnership agreements and provided important financial support to community groups;
  • PoM’s headquarters at 839 Collins Street Docklands received a six-star Star Green Star Design & As Built certified rating; and

Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke said 2020’s bushfire disaster and the pandemic reinforced the importance of the port’s operations.

“Such a testing time brings into focus the critical role the port plays in Australia’s supply chain and national economy,” Mr Bourke said.

Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke. Credit: Ian Ackerman/DCN

“The port operates 24/7 to ensure vital goods and services are delivered into communities, stimulating vital social and economic investment and activity. We take seriously our essential role and service in supporting lives and livelihoods, especially through an uncertain period.”

Mr Bourke emphasised the importance of stakeholder engagement.

“Our approach to sustainability is the outcome of valued discussions with our stakeholders – business, government and community,” he said.

“We will continue to work with our stakeholders to grow trade and create an enduring city port which, in-turn, will drive the economy and enrich people’s lives.”

Port of Melbourne is looking to increase its commitment to sustainable operations, with a dedicated Sustainability Program to be finalised in months to come.

The full report can be viewed here.