Port Taranaki has been recognised for its improved environmental practices by earning the Taranaki Regional Council’s highest environmental performance rating.
The TRC has lifted Port Taranaki’s environmental performance rating from ‘good’ in 2015 to ‘high’ for 2016. Just five years ago, Port Taranaki had a rating of “improvement needed”.
“We are thrilled with the result, and it shows our hard work is paying off,” Port Taranaki environmental manager Bridget Harrison said.
“Our aim is to protect and enhance the harbour’s marine ecology, continually improving our operations to reduce our impact on the environment.”
The rating means there have been no breaches of Port Taranaki’s resource consents, and harbour water samples are clear of contaminants.
Among initiatives that have led to the high rating have been the paving of two log yards and the installation of 13 vortex separators to improve the stormwater quality coming from the port.
The paved log yards reduce the amount of silt being washed into the harbour, while the vortex separators on each log yard drain capture the solid particles, so dirty water goes in and clean water comes out.
“We now also incinerate quarantine grain waste, removing the environmental risk of accidental germination,” Mrs Harrison said.
“We will never stop looking to improve our practices as we aim to keep the harbour clean.”