Port Waratah Annual Reporting reveals sustainable outcomes in 2020

Port Waratah Annual Reporting reveals sustainable outcomes in 2020

Last week, Port Waratah Coal Services launched its Annual Reporting suite for 2020, sharing its performance openly and proudly with key stakeholders and the local community.

The suite includes the Sustainability Report, Financial Report, Modern Slavery Statement and an accompanying Sustainability website that offers an engaging digital experience.

The Sustainability Report centres on material issues such as regulation and licensing, air quality, water, noise, communication and engagement.

Port Waratah performed strongly in 2020, marking the ninth year of exporting more than 100 million tonnes of coal.

CEO of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy said their business is dedicated to innovation and growth with both their team and projects, which has been demonstrated in the report findings.

“We work proactively and collaboratively to build long-term partnerships across the coal chain and focus on remaining as efficient as possible and providing service flexibility to meet our customers’ needs,” Hennie said.

“We achieved many significant environmental projects and improvements in key areas such as dust management, potable water consumption, and waste diverted from landfill.

“There is still work to do to improve our environmental performance and we will continue to strengthen our management approach to eliminate one-off environmental incidents.

Through their Community Investment and Partnership Programme, Port Waratah invested $750,000 into 107 projects, initiatives and programmes that address specific needs and contribute to the sustainability of the local community.

“Living our values helped to sustain us through the challenges of an unprecedented year. I believe our commitment to excellence, integrity, caring and progress played a significant role, not only in our adaption to new working conditions and controls during the pandemic, but the introduction of new technologies,” Hennie said.

“We saw new technological improvements in 2020, from drone applications for safety and maintenance efficiencies to performance metric business intelligence projects and the installation of new dust monitoring technology.”

Maintaining reporting to international standards, Port Waratah’s 2020 report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting guidelines, meeting the GRI Standards Core option.

The Financial Report provides an overview of Port Waratah’s financial performance and disclosures, while the Modern Slavery Statement outlines our intention and actions to eliminate slavery, servitude and debt bondage from our organisation and supply chain.

The 2020 Annual Reporting suite and Sustainability website are available under Annual Reports on the Port Waratah Coal Services website.

IMAGE | Port Waratah Coal Services coal reclaimer.

Port Waratah Coal Services

Port Waratah Coal Services has been receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal for export at the Port of Newcastle for over 40 years. They own and manage the Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals, which operate 24/7, and have a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum.

Port Waratah has always been two things – a pioneer and a partner. They are committed to understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities as an employer and community member, as well as meeting their legal obligations. Port Waratah is an unlisted public company working in partnership with more than 25 producers and other service providers in the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. They aim to continuously improve their environmental performance, contribute to the local economy by buying and employing locally and support sustainability and resilience of the local community though their Community Investment and Partnership Programme.

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