Responsible Wood Timber Feature, page 61 of the Master Builder New South Wales magazine

The Sydney Metro project, the first fully automated metropolitan rail system in Australia has been featured in the latest Master Builders New South Wales magazine.

Stage 1 of the project, the first project in Australia to achieve Responsible Wood project certification, the Sydney Metro Northwest, is the largest PEFC project certification of a transport infrastructure project in southern hemisphere.

Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries explains:

“When it comes to achieving forest certification, and demonstrating that timber used on building projects are sourced from sustainable and responsible forests, project certification is the ‘’ultimate” he said.

“In order to achieve project certification, timber sourced from a multitude of different suppliers in the supply chain must meet all requirements for sustainable forest management and chain of custody for forest products.”

 “The Sydney Metro North West is the pioneer project, the first of its type to achieve project certification and we are fielding more and more enquires from construction teams and certification bodies looking to achieve certification for future projects,” Mr Dorries said.

In October 2019 the sustainability team behind the Sydney Metro North West project was announced as the winners of the Richard Stanton Memorial Prize for Excellence in Sustainable Forest Management for 2019.

Awarded for the first time to joint winners, the award was won by Nick Clarke and Thirukumaran Jallendran, both formerly sustainability managers for the Sydney Metro Northwest project proponent Northwest Rapid Transit consortium (John Holland Pty Ltd & CPB Contractors Pty Ltd).

Reflecting on the legacy of the project, Mr Dorries stressed its “power for lasting good”.

“We know of ‘chain-of-custody’ certificate holders that have sought Responsible Wood and PEFC chain-of-custody certification for this project and have indicated that they wish to maintain chain-of-custody for future projects,” Mr Dorries said.

To find out more about the Sydney Metro and examples of projects like this one, please visit Responsible Wood.