Sustainability at Transport

Transport’s sustainability vision is for a New South Wales where every journey is people and planet positive.

We’re working to make NSW a better place to live, work and visit by connecting people and communities and making journeys more sustainable.

Through our Transport Sustainability Plan and annual reporting on our progress, we're reaffirming our commitment to sustainability and to improving social, economic and environmental outcomes for customers and communities.

To read more about our goals, challenges, achievements and annual progress, visit

Delivering a sustainable transport system for NSW

We are committed to delivering transport services, projects, operations and programs in a manner that balances economic environmental and social issues to ensure a sustainable transport system for NSW.

There are a number of drivers for sustainability including, but not limited to:

We have also developed a number of tools specific to project delivery to assist staff, contractors and our industry partners to achieve Transport's sustainability policy objectives.

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 4.0

The TfNSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 4.0 ST-114 introduces a range of sustainability outcomes initiatives to improve the sustainability performance of transport infrastructure and reinforce our ongoing commitment to sustainability.

The Guidelines comprise a suite of 3 documents:

Detailing 14 compulsory requirements and 2 sub requirements, including thresholds on when they are to be applied and what steps are required to achieve a Sustainable Design Guidelines rating.

Appendices to assist in meeting the requirements of the TfNSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 4.0 ST-114. This includes templates, a guidelines how to use the electronic checklist, a list of supporting initiatives and additional support tools for specific compulsory requirements.

 A supporting tool that projects must utilise to track and demonstrate that they have achieved their required sustainable design guidelines rating.

Projects pursuing an Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia rating are not required to apply the sustainable design guidelines, with the exception of the compulsory requirements that relate to the NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy.

Carbon Estimate and Reporting Tool

The Carbon Estimate and Reporting Tool (CERT) and guidelines have been designed to assist with the measurement and reporting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in line with our Sustainable Design Guidelines requirements.

The CERT has been developed to provide consistency in GHG reporting and streamline the reporting process.

The CERT replaces the previous Transport for NSW Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Construction Projects, and should be used on all new projects ≥$15 million.

TfNSW Climate Risk Assessment Guidelines

We recognise that climate change poses a significant risk to our business, infrastructure assets, and the communities we serve. For that reason, we are committed to building climate resilience across our transport networks and projects.

The Climate Risk Assessment Guideline is developed to provide contractors and our stakeholders with support on how to complete a Climate Risk Assessment (CRA) in line with the latest Sustainable Design Guidelines (SDG) requirements.

TfNSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0

The TfNSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0 are only applicable to projects that are already underway and have Transport for NSW approval. All new projects announced after 9 May 2017 are to use the TfNSW Sustainable Design Guidelines ST-146.

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