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Sustainability guidelines

Sustainability at Transport

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:

  • NSW Government Climate Change Framework
  • Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy (G-REP)
  • NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan
  • Transport for NSW Environment and Sustainability Policy
  • Transport Environment and Sustainability Policy Framework
  • Infrastructure and Services Environment Statement of Commitment

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.

TfNSW also recognises the importance of external verification and therefore require applicable projects with a CapEx >$50million and sensitive sites with a CapEx<$50million to pursue a rating under the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia rating scheme. Refer to the Infrastructure Sustainability Council website for further details.

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 4.0

The NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 4.0 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:

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.

NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 3.0

The NSW 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 NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines Version 4.0.

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Last updated: 8 June 2017