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 2020-2021
This is the third annual sustainability report for ARTC Inland Rail reporting on environmental, social and economic benefits realised during the 2020-2021 financial year and progress against key sustainability objectives and targets.
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 (IS Council), the peak body for infrastructure sustainability. The IS 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 IS 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.
October 8, 2021
Inland Rail design rating an ‘excellent’ result for sustainability
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) achieved its first Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) verification during 2020-21 with an ‘excellent’ design rating for the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project.
September 30, 2021
Launch of the sustainability mentoring program
The Inland Rail Skills Academy and The Ecoefficiency Group (TEG) are partnering to provide education on how to develop and improve sustainability policies and actions for small to medium businesses.
May 28, 2021
Build your business’s capacity with our new sustainability webinars
The size and scale of Inland Rail means we have an opportunity—and responsibility—to promote strong sustainability practices within industry. The Inland Rail Skills Academy has developed a three-part webinar series to help suppliers build sustainability capacity that aligns with our values.