Fremantle Ports has committed to net zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2027, making it the first port in Australia to set such an ambitious target.
The commitment comes at the same time as the WA Government’s announcement today that it is committing to a whole-of-government 2030 reduction target of 80% below 2020 levels.
Fremantle Ports CEO Michael Parker said the target was one of 12 wider strategic goals set down by the organisation in its five-year strategic plan, which formally comes into play on July 1 this year.
“We’re absolutely committed to achieving our sustainability targets and it’s clear the most advanced ports and shipping lines around the world are, right now, very serious about this transformation too.
“Change is not only necessary from a climate perspective, but the ports that transform the way they operate sustainably will be the ones that are commercially successful and efficient this century and we intend to be one of them.”
Among the first initiatives that will drive the transformation is installation of a large solar array on roof of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal this year, to generate renewable energy for Victoria Quay.
A significant port lighting program is already well underway with traditional halogen lights being replaced with energy efficient LED lighting.
Other initiatives include looking at further renewable energy options, transitioning the port’s vehicle fleet to EV vehicles, and moving mobile and heavy equipment to alternative fuels or EV.
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