Building a sustainable future
Inland Rail is a reliable, sustainable and smart choice for Australia’s supply chain.
As our population and consumer needs continue to grow, we need rail to connect industry, manufacturers and producers to markets more efficiently. One 1,800m double-stacked freight train can carry the same amount of freight as 110 B-Double trucks. By sharing the freight load, we will reduce congestion on our roads and lower carbon emissions.
Through building Inland Rail, we are delivering a world-class infrastructure asset that will have a lasting positive legacy for generations of Australians.
Our commitment to sustainability
We aim to create long-term value and deliver Inland Rail with the best possible outcomes for local communities, the economy and the natural environment.
Seven key objectives and associated targets drive our performance at both program and project level. Our aim is to continually improve over time. Inland Rail publicly reports on our performance to stakeholders and the community in annual sustainability reports. Our key focus areas are:
- leadership and governance
- community and economy
- environment and heritage
- resource use
- sustainable procurement
- future operations.
Annual Sustainability Report 2022-2023
This is the fifth annual sustainability report for Inland Rail, reporting on environmental, social and economic benefits realised during the 2022-2023 financial year and progress against key sustainability objectives and targets.
Infrastructure Sustainability certification
We are members of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council, the peak body for infrastructure sustainability. The Infrastructure Sustainability Council administers the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme through which Inland Rail has registered for a program rating.
The rating scheme evaluates the design, construction and operation of all our assets. Achieving an IS certification for each constructed project provides third party assurance that our sustainability claims are genuine and that we are delivering sustainable rail infrastructure.
View our registered projects on the Infrastructure Sustainability Council website:
Our Environment and Sustainability Policy sets out the practical measures we are taking to drive sustainable outcomes for the design and construction of Inland Rail.
Our Sustainable Procurement Policy outlines our commitment to work with our supply chain to deliver measurable sustainability outcomes.
Sustainability in rail
View a short video to see how we were able to reuse 300,000 tonnes of material in the construction of Inland Rail between Parkes and Narromine, NSW.
December 21, 2023
Inland Rail releases Annual Sustainability Report
Inland Rail has published its fifth Annual Sustainability Report, outlining the positive social, environmental and economic outcomes generated by Inland Rail and its project delivery partners in 2022/2023.
December 14, 2023
Australia’s rarest waterbird thrives at Inland Rail biodiversity offset site
Australia’s rarest breeding waterbird, the Australian Painted Snipe, had been sighted at Inland Rail’s biodiversity offset site near Yelarbon, Queensland.
November 28, 2023
Sustainability at the forefront of Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project
Inland Rail has salvaged an extraordinary 20,000 tonnes of steel from its recently completed Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project to store for future usage, and is also donating additional steel and other materials to construction projects in New South Wales and Queensland, and to local community groups.