Environment and Assesment - Sustainability

What is sustainable development?

The concept of ‘sustainable development’ was first officially recognised in 1987. People around the world have more recently realised that we have to look beyond economic progress if we are to achieve sustainable societies. Sustainable development is commonly defined as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (Brundtland Commission; definition used by IPCC Working Group II).

Australia’s National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development defines sustainable development as 'Using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased' (Australia’s National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development).

Sustainability at Transport Projects

We are committed to moving towards sustainability and achieving our corporate vision of ‘Working in partnership to deliver innovative and sustainable transport solutions that make NSW a great place to live and work’. Transport Projects has recently revised its existing sustainability framework. This review process has been done in consultation with other government agencies and has updated the key sustainability indicators and targets to match our expanded project portfolio, and is aligned with the Transport for NSW environment and sustainability framework.

Our sustainability targets address eight themes:

  1. energy management
  2. pollution control
  3. climate change resilience
  4. resource management
  5. biodiversity
  6. heritage
  7. livable communities
  8. corporate sustainability.

Further information is available in Transport Project's Sustainabilty Framework (pdf 922KB).

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0

Transport for NSW has produced the NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0. These guidelines introduce a range of sustainability outcomes initiatives to improve the sustainability performance of transport infrastructure and reinforce Transport for NSW ongoing commitment to sustainability.

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0 (pdf 6.1MB)
NSW Sustainable Design Guideline Checklist Version 3.0 (xlsm 1.6MB) (If MS Excel 2003 (xls) file is required, please email sustainability@projects.transport.nsw.gov.au)

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines for Rail Version 2.0

The NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines for Rail Version 2.0 are only applicable to projects that are already underway and have Transport for NSW approval. All new projects announced after 1st September 2013 are to use the NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0.

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines for Rail Version 2.0 (pdf 1.65MB)
NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines for Rail Version 2.0 Appendix D (pdf 382KB)
NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines for Rail Version 2.0 Appendix E (pdf 98KB) 
NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines for Rail Version 2.0 Checklist (xlsm 1.1MB)

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Useful Links

Office of Environment and Heritage Link to external site 
NSW Office of Water Link to external site
NSW Trade and Investment Link to external site 
Travel Smart Victoria Link to external site 
Sustainability Victoria Link to external site 
Resource Smart Link to external site 
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Link to external site 
Travel Smart Australia Link to external site

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