Environmental best practice port development: an analysis of international approaches

GHD, 2013

About this study

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned GHD to undertake a study on Environmental Best Practice Port Development: An Analysis of International Approaches.

This report furthers understanding on international benchmarks in the environmental management of ports, and the potential application of those practices in Australia.

The project involved a literature review and case study analysis of practices undertaken at international ports during key stages of port development including: site selection and master planning, design and construction, operation, and monitoring and continuous improvement.

The report was particularly focused on impacts and practices relevant to the protection of matters of national environmental significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Key environmental management issues and responses considered included those related to water and sediment quality, coastal processes and hydrology, noise and vibration, lighting, aesthetics, air quality and invasive species.