Net zero a ‘shore’ thing
The NSW Government has fast tracked delivery on the world’s first 100 per cent renewable energy shore power precinct at Glebe Island and White Bay, with two berths now expected to be ready for ships to plug in by the end of 2024.
Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said the expedited progress on the NSW Government’s major shore power project was excellent news for the community and the environment.
“Not only is the NSW Government delivering on its promises, it’s delivering them ahead of schedule by doubling the stage 1 program of work scheduled for completion by the end of 2024,” Mr Elliott said.
“We are working to make two shore power sites are live and ship-ready by the end of 2024, with one for the cruise industry and another for dry bulk carriers.
“This is an exciting step forward and another significant milestone the Port Authority has achieved for the highly complex power project and moving towards Net Zero by 2040.”
Delivering two live shore powered berths for the shipping and cruise industry by the end of 2024, plus a further 3 bulk berths by 2030, will deliver significant carbon emissions reductions while reducing noise and pollution for neighboring residents.
Work currently underway includes design work on high voltage supply to Bays Port precinct, installation of the shore power system at White Bay Cruise Terminal Berth 5, as well as retrofit work at Glebe Island Bulk Berth 8.
Six months ahead of target, Port Authority has entered into a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which already offsets 100 per cent of its electricity use at Glebe Island and White Bay with renewable clean green energy.
By mid-2023, Port Authority will have eliminatedalmost all Scope 2 emissions from its operations – well ahead of the target date.
Port Authority CEO Mr Phil Holliday said he was proud Port Authority was powering along in its work towards Net Zero and advancing shore power for The Bays Precinct ahead of schedule.
“Our Net Zero targets will prevent the same amount of carbon from entering our atmosphere as planting more than 90,000 trees every year. For the next two years we will focus on progressing the shore power project for The Bays area and creating a world-class integrated and sustainable port of the future.” Mr Holliday said.