Sustainability

Roads and Maritime Services adopts the environmental sustainability principles of the NSW Government and Transport for New South Wales.

These principles focus on the conservation and enhancement of air and water quality, soils, energy, resources, biodiversity, heritage and other environmental factors.

Our sustainability strategy

The Roads and Maritime Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2015-19 outlines our sustainability objectives in nine key focus areas. These areas focus on priority environmental issues that we have the opportunity to address through our actions, these are:

  • Climate change resilience
  • Air quality
  • Energy and carbon management
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Resource use and waste management
  • Pollution control
  • Biodiversity
  • Heritage
  • Liveable communities.

The Strategy provides our staff, contractors and the community with a shared understanding of the environmental sustainability issues relevant to Roads and Maritime. It will be used by Roads and Maritime staff and contractors to help identify sustainability opportunities and embed sustainability considerations throughout our business.

Implementation of the strategy will deliver a number of benefits to Roads and Maritime including:

  • Contributing to a more sustainable transport system in NSW
  • Reducing the environmental footprint of our own activities
  • Minimising the resources we use in building and maintaining our road and maritime infrastructure
  • Reducing the environmental impacts associated with the goods and services we purchase and helping to improve the sustainability performance of organisations we do business with
  • Enhancing research and development opportunities
  • Promoting a culture of innovation.

Our performance

Annual report

The Roads and Maritime annual report includes a summary of our waste, energy and greenhouse performance for building based activities and the operation and maintenance of our road and maritime assets.

A summary of Roads and Maritime achievements and performance against the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2015-19 targets will also be made publicly available on an annual basis.

Quarterly report

The quarterly Roads and Maritime Environmental Sustainability Performance Report provides an overview of our use of resources (electricity, water, and paper) and quantity of waste generated in Roads and Maritime properties including motor registries, offices, depots, and work centres.

Our latest quarterly report is:

NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy

The NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) aims to reduce the NSW Government’s operating costs and lead by example in increasing the efficiency of the resources it uses. It requires agencies to implement programs that drive resource efficiency in three main areas (energy, water, and waste) and to reduce air emissions from government operations. It also requires that agencies prepare an annual Statement of Compliance and report on their performance against each of the policy’s measures, targets, and minimum standards.

Our latest GREP report is:

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