Energy and greenhouse

Roads and Maritime Services is committed to delivering our services to the community in more environmentally sustainable ways.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse Gas Assessment Workbook for Road Projects and supporting document

The Transport Authorities Greenhouse Group (TAGG) developed the Workbook to provide road designers, builders, managers and operators with a means of consistently estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the key stages of construction, operation and maintenance.

The Workbook is designed to enable a consistent methodology for the assessment of significant emission sources, estimation of GHG emissions and to provide a better understanding of how GHG emissions can be reduced.

Carbon emissions and tools

The TAGG Carbon Gauge GHG Assessment Calculator for Road Projects

The Calculator uses a four step assessment to estimate GHG emissions from road projects.

Climate change adaptation

Climate change has the potential to alter the frequency, intensity and distribution of extreme weather related natural hazards, including more intense and frequent heat waves, droughts, floods and storm surges.

Climate change and the impact on road infrastructure is one of the risks that Roads and Maritime consider in designing, constructing and maintaining roads and maritime infrastructure. Much of the State’s major roads and maritime structures are designed to last for many years and as such we need to ensure that the future impacts of climate change are considered and that we adapt to become more resilient to climate change.

‘Resilience’ to climate change involves being prepared for the impacts so they are diminished (e.g. ensuring new roads are designed with regard to future changes in rainfall intensity and sea level) and improving our capacity to respond to those events that we cannot prevent (e.g. ensuring we have emergency management plans in place for bushfires and extreme floods).

Roads and Maritime will prioritise its adaptation actions based on vulnerability and risk and will use the best available science and research to inform decisions.

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