Sustainability for the North East Link Project (NELP) means moving beyond just a 'business as usual' approach to one in which we actively seek to maximise long term benefits for the environment, our communities and our economic prosperity.

Our people are committed to being leaders in sustainability and integrating sustainability principles into planning, design and project decision making. We want to ensure we leave a positive legacy for present and future generations.

NELP’s approach to sustainability is guided by the North East Link Sustainability Policy (PDF, 119.2 KB)

Sustainability objectives and targets

NELP has developed sustainability objectives and targets around 6 themes, informed by stakeholder feedback on the opportunities and risks most relevant to the project.

NELP, along with delivery partners, will seek to achieve and exceed the sustainability targets across the design, construction and operation of North East Link.

  1. Leadership
    Using sustainability rating tools, knowledge sharing, innovation and public reporting.
  2. Resource efficiency
    Promoting the use of recycled and new sustainable materials, materials with lower embodied carbon and reducing water use and waste.
  3. Urban ecosystems
    Protecting and seeking opportunities to enhance biodiversity. Promoting ‘Green Infrastructure’ to connect the built and natural environments, for example through rain gardens, permeable pavements, wetlands, trees, green roofs and walls.
  4. Communities
    Improving active transport links, public transport facilities, green spaces and recreation facilities and respecting and promoting Indigenous and historical cultural heritage.
  5. Economic opportunities
    Using procurement to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits.
  6. Climate change
    Best practice energy efficiency, a 50% renewable energy target for construction and a commitment to net zero emissions in the operation and maintenance of North East Link assets. Designing for resilience to climate change risks.

Find out more about the North East Link sustainability objectives and targets (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Sustainability opportunities

Workshops have been held with stakeholders to identify potential sustainability opportunities: