What is sustainability?

Sustainability at the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) means we facilitate trade and economic growth, while protecting, sustaining and enhancing the environment, the well-being of our people, and the community.

Initiatives aimed at reducing the Port of Brisbane’s ecological footprint include energy efficient and waste reduction projects, an employee education program, and a commitment to sustainable habitats and a green built environment at the port.

What are we doing?

Energy efficiency

We use electricity for street lighting, buildings, storage of refrigerated containers, sewerage pumping and cathodic protection of our wharves.  We have installed low-wattage LED outdoor lighting at the Multi-User Terminal, Port Office car park, and some street lighting on Fisherman Islands. Our Port Office also incorporated energy efficiency design principles.

Supply chain and contracts

The goods and services we purchase and the commercial contracts we manage provide opportunities for sustainable outcomes beyond the greenhouse gas emissions directly attributed to our operations.

All new leases with tenants include a Good Environmental Practice clause, and our construction and dredging contracts include sustainability criteria, as well as the disclosure of fuel use and emissions for our compliance with National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting obligations.

We purchase IT equipment, including monitors and printers that comply with the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standards. We also purchase recycled copy paper for our printers and our letterhead and major publications are printed on recycled paper.

Given the breadth of capital and maintenance contracts we manage for PBPL and port, there remains significant potential for continual improvement in the economic, social and environmental outcomes from our procurement.

PBPL have also installed solar power systems, ranging from 18 kW to 76 kW, on four buildings around the port; the Seafarers Centre, the Port Central 1 building, PBPL’s Operations Base and the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal.  The installation of these systems has reduced both the carbon footprint and the energy expenditure of all of these buildings.  It is anticipated that PBPL will continue roll out further solar schemes into the future where appropriate infrastructure is available to support the panels.

Green buildings and development

We are committed to sustainable commercial and industrial development. We have a vision for the Port of Brisbane to be a world-class industrial trade and transport hub, with a focus on excellent development standards.

Our precinct-based Land Use Plan sets a building standard for development that contributes to the overall operations, amenity and sustainability of the port, and incorporates best practice principles of safety, risk and environmental management.

Innovative design solutions that go above and beyond the relevant building and development code requirements are actively encouraged.

The Port Central precinct – the master-planned commercial and retail hub of the port – sets a ‘green’ benchmark for future development. Based on the ‘green star’ rating system of the Green Building Council of Australia, the precinct has two 5 Star Green Star office buildings – Port Central 1 and PBPL’s new headquarters, Port Office. To receive a 5 Star rating signifies ‘Australian Excellence’ and a commitment to investing in innovative technology and sustainable development.

Waste reduction

We have installed a composting toilet at the Port Gate (Whyte Island) boat ramp, which is located close to port facilities. This facility has the ability to treat 100% of the water and sewerage into wastewater, suitable for irrigation.

The system uses natural process such as worms, bugs and beetles to break down the waste with no odour and little use of electricity. The water from the system is Class A water quality and is used to irrigate the surrounding landscape at the boat ramp.

Water efficiency

Our Water Efficiency Management Plan incorporates the monitoring and measuring of water use at Port Office, our Operations Base, Visitors Centre, reclamation site office, and various construction sites.

PBPL is not a large consumer of potable water, but we have reduced our consumption at these facilities from 23.5 megalitres in 2005/2006 to 2.4 megalitres in 20010/2011.

Rooftop solar
PBPL continues to investigate and invest in a number of solar opportunities across the port, with the long-term aim of delivering significant and sustainable environmental and economic benefits for the Port of Brisbane.
Currently, PBPL has installed 150kW of rooftop solar across four PBPL-operated buildings at the Port of Brisbane – the Operations Base, PC1, Mission to Seafarers and the Multi-User Terminal, which is the equivalent to 50 standard residential rooftop systems.