Roadmap for reducing infrastructure carbon emissions released
Author: Tayla Oates
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.