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Management System (EMS)

The Environmental Management System (EMS) is the system through which the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) controls its activities, products and services that have the potential to cause, environmental impacts at either the Port of Townsville or Port of Lucinda.

The EMS is an important tool that assists the Port to monitor and continuously improve its environmental performance, and  ensure compliance with legislative requirements. The EMS helps structure the  integration of environmental management into POTL's daily operations, long term strategic planning as well as linkage to other management systems (e.g. the Quality and Safety Management Systems).

The EMS is currently certified to  International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001:2015, an internationally recognised externally audited Environmental Management System standard.  Further information about ISO 14001:2015 can be found on the ISO website.

Key benefits of having an EMS  are:

  • Improvement of environmental performance
  • Robust system to consistently quantify, monitor  and control impacts
  • Structured management of environmental risks
  • Ensure legislative compliance and maintenance of  all records
  • Incorporation of sustainability initiatives e.g.  Waste minimisation

The Port of Townsville Environmental Policy outlines what the Port intends to achieve through the implementation and  ongoing improvement of its performance via the EMS.


Continuous improvement of our EMS is achieved through following the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle whereby the Port continually reviews and revises the system.

A high level summary of the EMS is shown in the document pyramid below. The EMS consists of a network of procedures, plans, work instructions, forms and records under the overarching Environmental Policy.