Spotlight on: Environmental Award


In the face of growing environmental concerns, the maritime logistics industry is embracing sustainability as never before, and the shipping sector is making commendable strides in this direction.

The prestigious Environmental Award acknowledges outstanding initiatives, operational systems, and company policies that lead to sustainable outcomes, reducing marine pollution and contributing to the protection of our natural environment in the realm of freight movement.

Reflecting on their 2022 win, the Port of Newcastle told DCN of what it meant to them to receive this award, and shared insights into the unique challenges and responsibilities that the shipping industry faces due to its heavy reliance on natural resources.

Receiving the DCN Environmental Award held significant importance to Port of Newcastle as it highlighted the extensive efforts undertaken to protect the endangered green and golden bell frog habitat situated on our land. The accomplishments from the dedicated research and conservation work within this habitat has enabled other similar projects to be undertaken in other areas where the GGBF has been identified, providing hope for the future of the species.

The Environmental Award is important within the maritime and logistics industry, given its inherent reliance on natural resources and potential impacts on biodiversity. Recognising these interdependencies and fostering a culture that aligns with nature-positive principles is crucial in minimising the industry’s impact on the environment and in promoting biodiversity.

Winning the Environmental Award has helped Port of Newcastle to promote the work that has been championed by the environment team, both internally and externally to the Port, and to showcase that sustainability is at the forefront of everything that we do.

The 2023 sponsor of this award is CSL Australia, a prominent name in maritime logistics. The company’s commitment to this cause resonates deeply with the values of the Environmental Award, which not only emphasizes the need for shipping companies to prioritize eco-friendly practices but also encourages and supports the broader maritime logistics community in doing the same.

A spokesperson for CSL Australia told DCN:

“At CSL, we are committed to doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint by prioritizing decarbonization, protecting marine mammals and their habitats, and managing our resources responsibly.

Our approach is guided by the belief that sustainability is not just a responsibility but also an opportunity to create a positive impact and drive innovation in the marine industry and beyond. Through proactive research and development, we are dedicated to advancing sustainable practices and technologies in marine shipping that contribute to environmental protection and conservation. We wholeheartedly commend and applaud those within our industry who share this vision and are taking similar strides.

The DCN Environment Award holds special significance for us as it recognizes the dedicated efforts within our marine community to protect the environment both today and for the generations to come.”

In a year marked by intensified focus on environmental and sustainable practices across various sectors, the anticipation is growing as nominations continue to come in from all corners of the industry. The stage is set to celebrate the significant strides made to date – as well as serving as a platform to pave the way for further innovation and the adoption of environmentally friendly practices.

Nominations are closing soon for this year’s awards, and all of industry is invited to get involved. You can nominate yourself, a customer or a client for this, or any category. Simply fill in the nomination form below. Submissions close on 4 October 2023.

Click here for the full list of awards categories, and here to submit your nomination. 

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