Inland Rail launches fourth Annual Sustainability Report
Inland Rail has published its fourth Annual Sustainability Report, showcasing the positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes Inland Rail and its project delivery partners have achieved in FY22 and articulating our actions to promote a sustainable future.
The objectives and targets in the Inland Rail Sustainability Strategy provide the framework for reporting on our annual progress and are reviewed annually in response to evolving considerations like changing community expectations and new industry benchmarks.
The Strategy includes seven objectives and associated targets, leadership and awareness, governance, community and economy, environment and heritage, resource use, sustainable procurement, and future operations, all representing Inland Rail’s holistic approach to sustainability.
In line with our goals, Inland Rail is well on the way to achieving a Program-wide ‘Excellent’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating, a rating already achieved by the Parkes to Narromine project (As Built), and the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 project (Design).
These IS ratings provide respected third-party assurance that our sustainability claims are genuine and that we’re delivering sustainable rail infrastructure which has very real and positive benefits for the communities in which we work.
Our commitment to delivering the best possible environment outcomes was in evidence with the work our teams did to reduce the Construction Impact Zone on Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 by almost 50% from initial estimates, from 2,426 hectares to 1,230 hectares.
Rebecca Pickering, Interim Chief Executive Inland Rail, said:
“The Inland Rail team is delighted to present its fourth Annual Sustainability Report which showcases our commitment to working in partnership with our stakeholders, private sector suppliers, and communities to deliver long-term value, while keeping sustainability at the forefront of everything we do.
“From the outset, we’ve aspired to surpass legislative requirements by forging a reputation as an industry leader in sustainability.
“We know that sustainability is about much more than the environment and resource use which is why revitalising local economies through sustainable jobs and investment in new industries remains a key priority for the Inland Rail team and our contractors.
“While Inland Rail’s Leadership Team is responsible for leading our culture of sustainability, we know that success is dependent on the ongoing empowerment of the entire workforce to create and foster that culture of sustainability awareness and action within their own teams.”
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