The Port aims to be a leader in sustainable environmental management in the New Zealand port industry by reducing our environmental impacts and pushing towards a sustainable future.
The Port is committed to continual improvement in its environmental performance. Fuel is consumed directly by tugs, cranes, material handling equipment, and port users: trucks and ships, this creates carbon emissions. In addition, the Port’s activities create negative physical emissions in the form of noise, dust, stormwater runoff, and the potential for spillage. Reducing these impacts are a priority for the Port.
PNL aims to achieve decarbonisation of at least 67% on 2019 emissions by 2035. Port Nelson has been measuring its carbon emissions since 2016/17 and investigated several reduction options before committing to the current targets. As 79% of our Scope 1 & 2 emissions come from petrol and diesel the focus will be on conversion of our heavy fleet to alternate fuels or electrification. This would require investment in both equipment and infrastructure.