The size and scale of Inland Rail means we have an opportunity—and responsibility—to promote strong sustainability practices within industry.
We value long-term benefit creation for our asset and the communities in which we operate.
We value suppliers who align with our values; those that pride themselves on being good corporate citizens and seek to actively minimise the social and environmental impacts of their products and services.
Our Sustainable Procurement Policy sets out these values.
What does sustainable procurement mean?
Sustainable procurement focuses on the entire life cycle of the goods and services we use to develop Inland Rail, by considering environmental, social and economic impacts.
When working with suppliers, we consider how effectively they engage in sustainability activities.
We consider the supplier’s use of virgin or recycled materials; the energy and water used during manufacture or operations, the waste and emissions generated.
We consider the supplier’s commitment to their local communities; labour conditions for workers; and participation of local and Indigenous employees and businesses.
We consider longevity and performance over time, including the cost to purchase, maintain and dispose/recycle products and materials.
Working with Inland Rail’s Sustainable Procurement Policy
In delivering Inland Rail, a significant part of our budget is dedicated to procuring goods and services by engaging hundreds of suppliers, large and small. Major tenders are evaluated against a full set of sustainability criteria. For smaller tenders, we seek to identify and promote any value-adding sustainability benefits to the Inland Rail Program.
To achieve the objectives of our Sustainable Procurement Policy, we:
- provide individual feedback on sustainability performance for major tenders
- provide sustainability capability building resources for small-medium enterprises
- require our principal contractors to apply our policy when procuring sub-contractors
- require our principal contractors to procure a percentage of local and Indigenous businesses
- promote supplier sustainability achievements.
How sustainable procurement benefits suppliers
- Reducing energy, water, materials and waste to lower operational costs and increase competitiveness
- Building environmental and sustainability credentials and reputation
- Helping clients deliver on their sustainability priorities, such as contributing credits towards project Infrastructure Sustainability ratings
- Increasing asset design life and performance through innovation
- Providing opportunities for trial and commercial demonstration of new or alternative materials.
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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.
May 19, 2020
Sustainable procurement on Inland Rail
Sustainability is so important to Inland Rail we have an expert team entirely dedicated to it. The team is constantly looking at how we can do things differently to create better outcomes and lasting benefits for the community and the environment. Working with our suppliers, we’re committed to achieving a positive legacy through the design and construction of Inland Rail.