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Environmental management

Sydney Metro has a Construction Environmental Management Framework (CEMF) that sets out environmental and sustainability management standards to help ensure Sydney Metro and its contractors comply with statutory and planning requirements.

This framework addresses the management of environmental impacts in relation to:

  • noise and vibration
  • traffic and transport
  • local businesses
  • landscape and visual amenity
  • ground water and geology
  • soil and water quality
  • flooding and hydrology
  • air quality
  • waste management
  • flora and fauna
  • stakeholder and community involvement
  • general site works
  • spoil management
  • visual amenity management
  • carbon and energy management
  • materials management
  • heritage

Documents outlining how these environmental impacts are managed are accessible from the Sydney Metro document library.

Environment Protection Licence

The program of works carried out by Sydney Metro includes scheduled activities under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW). Sydney Metro has developed an Environment Protection Licence (EPL) strategy to ensure the requirements of these licences are managed and met effectively.

The EPLs for each of the Sydney Metro contractors are accessible from the NSW Environment Protection Authority website.

Environment Management System (EMS) recertification – ISO 140001

Sydney Metro’s Environmental Management System achieved ISO 14001 re-certification after an independent audit by Intertek SAI Global in June 2023. The ISO 14001 framework helps Sydney Metro effectively manage its environmental responsibilities and improve environmental outcomes. Sydney Metro’s goal is to make a positive impact on the environment and inspire other projects to adopt similar sustainable measures. Throughout the planning, construction and delivery of our projects, we are committed to meeting and exceeding environmental standards, showcasing our dedication to managing our environmental impact effectively.

Approach to planning approvals

Northwest planning and compliance

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