The New South Wales Government has released its Decarbonising Infrastructure Delivery Roadmap – a plan to reduce carbon emissions from infrastructure projects in order to save money, time, and help save the planet.
The Decarbonising Infrastructure Delivery Roadmap introduces a standardised carbon measurement tool across Government projects and includes the development of the first ever policy to support the use of a circular economy for construction materials.
New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Rob Stokes, said cutting emissions will cut the amount of steel and concrete we use to build big infrastructure projects and can even create more capacity to build more infrastructure projects.
“What gets measured gets managed, which is why we’re introducing a standardised carbon measurement tool across Government projects, ensuring New South Wales remains a national leader when it comes to action on climate change,” Mr Stokes said.
“We’ve also developed the first ever policy to support the use of a circular economy for construction materials, which will create a new market for recycled materials across Australia’s construction sector.”
New South Wales Minister for Environment, James Griffin, said consultation will occur this year on the draft Protection of the Environment Policy (PEP) for sustainable construction, which is being delivered by the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
“Already, New South Wales is leading the nation when it comes to sustainable design and reducing emissions, and our new regulation for sustainable construction will go even further,” Mr Griffin said.
“The PEP will require public infrastructure projects to further improve design and construction to reduce carbon and prioritise the use of low-carbon recycled or remanufactured substitute materials derived from waste streams in New South Wales.
“Using a circular economy approach in the built environment could deliver $773 billion in direct economic benefits across Australia over 20 years, and reduce emissions by 3.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2040. That’s equivalent to taking almost 800,000 cars off the road annually.
“Integrating circularity into the built environment will create new industries, enable new ventures within the repair, re-use and recycle economy, and provide protection from the rising cost of materials and disposal of waste.”
The New South Wales Government has released Circular Design Guidelines launch, another milestone under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy. The Guidelines will support industry to implement circular economy principles across every stage of built environment projects, from inception to delivery.
The New South Wales Government has also established a $37 million Carbon Recycling and Abatement Fund, as a part of its $356 million Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy.
The Protection of the Environment Policy will be piloted on three Transport for New South Wales projects in 2023, including the Edmonson Park North multi-storey commuter car park, St Mary’s Footbridge and the M12 West. The EPA will prepare the draft PEP for consultation late 2023.