Multi-modal transport and logistics provider, Qube, has announced that the first stage of Moorebank Logistics Park has been awarded an 'Excellent' Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating for design from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).
Located in the southwestern Sydney suburb of Moorebank, Moorebank Logistics Park is reportedly one of only a select group of privately developed projects to have achieved this rating.
According to Qube, the IS Rating Scheme is Australia and New Zealand’s only comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across infrastructure programs, projects, networks and assets.
The tool, according to ISCA, evaluates the sustainability performance of the quadruple-bottom-line (Governance, Economic, Environmental and Social) of infrastructure development.
Qube Director of Development, Michael Yiend, said from the outset the aims of the project were to achieve outstanding sustainability and innovation outcomes.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved this rating on an infrastructure project of the scale and complexity of the Moorebank Logistics Park,” said Yiend.
“It is recognition for the hard work and expertise of a large number of people who shared a vision to deliver something special.
“It demonstrates the innovations available to deliver major industrial development in a more efficient and environmentally sustainable way."
It is expected that Moorebank Logistics Park will save more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2-e) over 40 years of operations via energy efficient designs including electric forklifts, efficient lighting and crane regenerative power.
According to Qube, this represents a 77 per cent reduction in tCO2-e when compared to a business-as-usual freight delivery scenario.
The company also cites a further reduction of four million tonnes of tCO2-e over the 40-year period by transporting containerised freight by rail instead of road, in the process removing thousands of heavy truck trips from the nation’s roads each day.
Another expectation is that more than half of the energy required across the 243-hectare precinct will be generated via solar panels, with the first warehouse including a 3MW solar array encompassing what’s reported to be one of the largest single roof top solar installations in the southern hemisphere.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which invested in the Moorebank project, worked alongside Qube to support the implementation of clean energy solutions at the development.
CEFC CEO, Ian Learmonth, congratulated Qube on its IS achievement.
“We are proud to be working alongside Qube. Our goal was to help build Moorebank Logistics Park to a sustainability standard that Australia had not seen before, so we set ambitious targets – and then asked Qube to exceed them,” said Learmonth.
“Qube’s success reflects its commitment to sustainability and demonstrates the possibilities for decarbonisation across even the most complex infrastructure operations.”
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