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Delivering sustainability

Future Transport Strategy

Defining sustainability for transport

Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Addressing the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social, as well as making fiscally responsible decisions today, will build a future transport system for our customers, communities and for the greater good, supporting the liveability and sustainability of NSW.

Transport for NSW has a duty to ensure that what we build and the way we operate is in the interest of the greater good, moving beyond compliance and being a leader in sustainability to create enduring benefits for current and future generations.

Transport is a key enabler of economic and social activity and is committed to delivering transport that contributes to economic prosperity and social inclusion in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

Sustainable leadership means being leaders in environmental protection, energy and carbon, resilience, sustainable procurement, whole-of-life asset management, and social sustainability. It also means raising awareness across our workforce and contractors that they are accountable for enhanced environmental outcomes and driving a culture of environmental responsibility.

Future directions to investigate:

  • Develop the Transport Sustainability Plan, which provides a road map for the Transport cluster’s longer term sustainability actions.

In focus

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Transport for NSW is committed to delivering a transport system in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable manner. This approach aligns with Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which cover areas such as:
  • Developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
  • Providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport.
  • Taking action to reduce emissions, support climate change science research, build resilience, and reduce additional pressures on systems affected by climate change.
  • Considering the risks arising from climate change and natural disaster. 

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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