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Metro Tunnel


Through our delivery of Major Projects, we're committed to connecting communities in the healthiest, most sustainable way possible.

We'll help to ensure a lasting legacy for present and future generations for a more liveable Victoria - environmentally, socially and economically.

Sustainability Vision

Rail Projects Victoria is committed to:

  • Optimising the Projects' design to ensure it is delivered to operate sustainably.
  • Managing resources efficiently through embedding energy, water and material saving initiatives into the design, construction and operation of the projects.
  • Avoiding, minimising and offsetting harm to the environment and the loss of biodiversity.
  • Protecting and conserving the natural environment.
  • Preparing for the challenges presented by climate change.

To give effect to this Policy, our people will:

  • Demonstrate leadership in the commitment to a prosperous and integrated economic, social and environmental sustainable future.
  • Demonstrate commitment to sustainable procurement.
  • Protect and maintain vegetation, the functioning of ecosystems and biological diversity.
  • Facilitate economic prosperity and development and provide a resilient local workforce.
  • Support and enhance social, cultural and community wellbeing.
  • Encourage the pioneering of innovation in sustainable design, process or advocacy that seeks continuous improvement to promote new ideas and thinking.
  • Embed environmental and sustainability outcomes by establishing robust sustainability objectives and targets. and
  • Report on sustainability performance and be accountable for meeting environmental and social responsibilities.

Sustainability Strategy

The sustainability vision for the Metro Tunnel is underpinned by a series of environmental, social and economic commitments. We believe that working to create a balance between these three core commitments is vital for maintaining Melbourne’s liveability and for delivering a project with a lasting positive legacy.

An integrated sustainability approach will generate multiple benefits. These include:

  • Better building and infrastructure performance.
  • Economic growth and ecologically sustainable development.
  • Better operational efficiency and maintenance requirements.
  • Whole-of-life cost and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission savings.
  • Safe and healthy environments for commuters.

For more information, download the Metro Tunnel Sustainability Strategy (PDF, 6.7 MB).