Forrestfield-Airport Link will be an innovative and sustainable project. It will provide a solution for enhancing the connectivity, liveability and prosperity of Perth and its eastern suburbs including the airport. It is a journey to deliver a landmark transport project – Our Sustainability Vision
The Forrestfield-Airport Link will extend the public transport network, which helps contribute to sustainable development by reducing vehicle use and improving the liveability, connectivity and amenity of residential areas in Perth’s eastern suburbs. But public rail infrastructure alone will not make a project sustainable.
Sustainability is a holistic concept that informs thinking and decision making. It is an integrated approach, part of the whole project life. The PTA has developed a Sustainability Position Statement for the project, outlining the ways in which the project is committed to sustainability. SI-NRW is committed to integrating environmental, social and governance elements into its decision-making to reduce whole-of-life costs, and contribute to safe and healthy employees, communities and ecosystems. It will drive economic, social and environmental innovation during the design and construction phases and encourage the same from its supply chains and service providers. SI-NRW’s Sustainability Policy Statement outlines its objectives and approach to achieving these commitments.
‘Excellent’ sustainability rating for project
At the recent Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) state conference the project was awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for its commitment to delivering an innovative and sustainable transport solution for Western Australians.
Embedding integrated sustainability principles in our design, procurement and construction processes has been paramount for the project. This means that all individuals and companies involved in the project are committed to developing and building the asset in the most sustainable way possible.
- Minimising water consumption and use of potable water
- Minimising energy use and production of greenhouse gases, including use of solar power
- Sustainable sourcing of materials
- Implementing at least three State-first innovations
The project’s Sustainability Strategy, prepared to guide the direction of sustainability during planning, design, construction and ultimately in operation, identified over 130 initiatives. These include maximising the use of daylight at Airport Central Station by building a glass roof and developing concrete mixes that will reduce the volume of Portland cement used on the project.
The rating is an interim rating and will be replaced by an ‘As Built’ rating following practical completion. The ‘As Built’ rating focuses on ensuring the inclusion of design elements and measurement of sustainability performance during construction.
The Forrestfield-Airport Link project is proud to release the first annual Sustainability Report, which showcases the effort made during the 2016–2017 financial year in integrating sustainability into the design and construction phases. The report communicates our sustainability performance, provides details of the project’s sustainability objectives and targets, and outlines our achievements to date.