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 2019-2020
This is the second annual sustainability report for ARTC Inland Rail reporting on environmental, social and economic benefits realised during the 2019-2020 financial year and progress against key sustainability objectives and targets.
Annual Sustainability Report 2018-2019
This report sets the baseline for the ARTC Inland Rail sustainability program going forward and commences annual public reporting of environmental and socioeconomic benefits realised during the design and construction of the program.
Infrastructure Sustainability certification
We are members of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the peak body for infrastructure sustainability. ISCA 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 ISCA 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.
March 29, 2021
Sustainability in focus
Sustainability is at the forefront of the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project, and our construction contractor Trans4m Rail is committed to working smarter to protect the environment and leave a positive legacy for the local community.
February 10, 2021
Sustainability registration for Stockinbingal to Parkes
Inland Rail’s Stockinbingal to Parkes project has formally registered for an IS (infrastructure sustainability) rating, declaring its commitment to the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) standards.
December 2, 2020
Inland Rail project exceeds targets for sustainable practices
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) exceeded its sustainability targets on the first completed section of the railway project between Parkes and Narromine with the redeployment of more than 98% of the existing steel rail track and recycling nearly 47,000 timber sleepers.