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Sustainability

As a city port, we take the sustainable management of our operations very seriously – socially, economically and environmentally. Being a sustainable port is critical to our success and the success of our customers.

​​Our vision is to become a leading sustainable port at the global level, woven into the fabric of Auckland and driving the city’s sustainable growth to improve the environment for future generations. 

Our efficiency and productivity have improved dramatically over time and will continue to do so.  We are very focused on improving our sustainability practices and lifting productivity further to make best possible use of our land and resources.

We're proud to help customers optimise environmental efficiency through several steps of the supply chain. We've been working to increase the use of rail and our freight hubs, sustainably linking Kiwi exporters to global markets.

We are regularly audited by Auckland Council and also engage external environmental auditors to independently review the way we operate. Our audit results have confirmed a positive trend of progress and reflect our commitment to improvement.

World Port Sustainability Programme

We have an ambitious goal to become a zero emissions port by 2040. To get started on this journey we partnered with Enviro-Mark Solutions and are using the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS®) to measure and manage our greenhouse gas emissions. We are the first port in New Zealand to become a CEMARS® certified organisation.

We have measured direct and indirect emissions associated with our business and those of our subsidiaries. We have also commenced a project to compile a baseline emissions inventory of trucks visiting the port. A baseline of emissions of other freight modes will follow. In 2017 we completed a feasibility study for Cruise Vessel Emission Reductions Technologies.

The emissions reduction plan is currently underway. Our strategy for reducing emissions is to first improve our energy efficiency and then to implement further renewable energy and zero emission technologies, such as delivering zero-emission technologies for our container handling equipment and harbour fleet vessels.  

Efficiency improvements are being implemented through behavioural changes, upgrades of assets to more energy efficient options, and through research projects such as the DC Microgrid project (see below) to develop more energy efficient system particularly for warehouses. Behavioural changes will be delivered through training and by leveraging our improved data analytics capability at the port. The data analaytics team is turning our data into useful information that can be used to raise awareness, and readily measure and manage operational efficiencies at the port.

We are committed to developing partnerships to achieve deliver our zero emissions programme. One such partner is EECA, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority in New Zealand.  Through this partnership we have delivered a port-first of LED Floodlighting which is expected to reduce electricity consumption by 7%.

The zero emission programme is part of our strategy to achieving our vision to become a leading sustainable port at a global level. In setting this vision and goal, we have recognised the leadership role it can play in driving change in the ports and shipping industry both locally and globally.  We are a city port, and believe there is a need to exceed the regulatory requirements and is seeking to improve the environment for our community around the port.

DC Microgrid Research Project

We are working together with the University of Waikato (UoW) on a pilot programme to establish a DC micro grid for buildings at the port and its freight hubs. 

The collaboration with UoW is part of our long-term strategy to use more sustainable energy systems and to develop enduring partnerships, and is an enabler of the port’s 2040 Zero Emissions roadmap.

Houses and offices have traditionally been wired for AC (alternating current). Solar panels produce DC (direct current) energy, which needs to be converted to AC before it can be used. Up to 10 percent of energy can be lost in the conversion process, and that costs money.  

More and more products, including fridges, washing machines and televisions are now being built to work internally on DC electricity, giving people an option to change from AC and to power directly with DC, therefore avoiding costly energy loss.

Associate Professor Nihal Kularatna, of UoW has been working on an international committee looking at the advantages of DC in buildings and has since started to promote its use, carrying out workshops on energy storage. We have seen the value of a DC micro grid, beginning with the installation of solar panels and using DC for lighting, and then introducing it into air conditioning and white goods and finally, computer and information systems. 

We have built the research project in a 40ft container and have had it on display at the annual port open day and intend to continue using it as a public engagement tool to share information about the project and the port’s wider sustainability programme.  
For the project, along with UoW we have also partnered with local company Power Technology, who have provided the solar panels. All three partners see value in the partnership and agree that more value will be gained by working together.