We’re committed to building and operating sustainable infrastructure with net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. This commitment is based on real action, which has been evaluated and recognised by two leading investor sustainability ratings, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Infrastructure along with the Support the Goals initiative.
For the fifth year in a row we have been included in DJSI’s World Index, which assesses the sustainability performance of 4,000 companies globally. To make this list a company must score within the top 10 per cent of all companies assessed.
GRESB assess hundreds of listed and unlisted infrastructure companies around the world and provides a rating for sustainability performance. This allows investors to easily compare sustainability performance between companies. This year we ranked first in its ‘listed infrastructure’ category, second in its ‘motorway’ category and third in its ‘road transport category’.
Support the Goals is a global initiative to rate and recognise the businesses that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The organisation works with researchers from leading universities to analyse how businesses publicly communicate their support for the Global Goals by reviewing five key categories: planning, commitments, actions, progress, and suppliers. Business are awarded one star for each step supported by evidence. We're the first company in Australia’s ASX100 to achieve a 5-star rating, and one of only a handful of companies in the world.
These strong ratings are the result of sustained commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and improving our social impact.
One of the metrics considered by all organisations relates to greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019 we increased our commitment to climate change action by adopting new GHG targets focused on decarbonising our business. One example of how we’re meeting these targets is through Power Purchase Agreements in Queensland and New South Wales, which will see 80 per cent of the electricity used to power our roads generated by regional wind farms.
For infrastructure to be sustainable it also must be safe, inclusive and accountable for the actions of its supply chain.
Road safety is fundamental to the way we design, build and operate our roads and we consistently look for ways we can improve, from installing smart on-road technology to reducing our incident response times. Independent research has shown that driving on Transurban’s roads is up to 68 per cent safer than driving on similar roads.
Our focus on customer wellbeing extends beyond keeping them safe on the roads. Our Linkt Assist team provides one-on-one support for customers and rolled out broader customer support initiatives in 2020 aimed at those impacted by bushfires and COVID-19.
Modern slavery is a serious and complex issue that requires a long-term and coordinated response. As such, we have joined like-minded industry partners to adopt a united approach to addressing the issue. We continued our work with the Modern Slavery Road Construction Industry Coalition, which we partnered with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia to establish in FY19 and are on track to releasing our first Modern Slavery Statement by the end of 2020.