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We are committed to achieving world-class environmental performance across all our operations. 

We manage our business activities in a way that is sensitive to environmental impacts. We continually seek to minimise impacts on the communities and ecosystems where we operate and continue to strive to deliver improvement in our environmental performance.

Our priorities are on minimising emissions and energy consumption, and conserving and protecting local biodiversity. Our focus also extends to reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

The Aurizon Environment Community of Competence (CoC) has senior leadership representation across the business. Our Environment CoC provides guidance on the management of significant environmental issues such as coal dust, noise, diesel emissions and energy reduction.

Aurizon has an Environment Policy and an established environmental management system aligned with the principles of ISO14001.

We actively work with government, key industry stakeholders and customers to bring innovation and technical know-how to initiatives in biodiversity, coal dust management, waste management, diesel emissions, rail noise management and GHG emissions.

Click here to use our Road to Rail GHG Emissions Calculator.

Road to rail GHG emission calculator

For long distance haulage tasks, the adoption of rail over road offers our customers not only improved environmental outcomes but improved safety outcomes as well.

Please enter a quantity of containers to transport, select an origin and destination in the calculator below to estimate the benefits rail delivers when compared to road.

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Shipment Summary

Origin Destination Containers Distance
Melbourne Brisbane 20 1,899 km


Carbon Emissions

Rail emitted 0 less of carbon than road.





Accident Cost

Rail saved $0 in avoided accident costs compared to road.






The payload assumption for 'road' relates to a B-double carrying one 40-foot and one 20-foot container, with an average net weight of 15 tonnes per container and a total payload of 30 tonnes.

The payload assumptions for 'train' relates to a combination of 80 40-foot and 20-foot containers, with an average net weight of 15 tonnes per container and a total payload of 1,200 tonnes.

Greenhouse gas emissions based upon the following assumptions:

  • Road: 30 tonnes payload at 1.6km/litre
  • Rail: 1,200 tonnes payload at 0.16km/litre

Accidents costs based upon True Value of Rail, 2011 (Deloitte Access Economics for the Australiasian Railway Association).

Assumptions developed in collaboration with MOV3MENT.