Energy and emissions management

Interlink understands that the way that infrastructure is managed can have an impact on the environment as can the actions of the M5 South-West Motorway users.

Energy and emissions management achievements include: 

  • 22% less electricity used each year since 2006 - which adds up to saving enough electricity to power 52 houses for a year
  • 34% less CO2 emissions over the last 6 years - a saving of 813 tonnes of CO2, which equals the carbon footprint of 34 Australians a year 

Benefits of the widened M5

Based on modelling completed for the Report on proposed M5 Widening cost benefit analysis Road User Cost Benefit Analysis (2008), the widened M5 is expected to contribute to a healthier community and environment.  

When compared to alternative routes, we expect the widened M5 to result in:

  • reduced hydrocarbon pollution
  • reduced C02 pollution
  • reduced particulate matter in the air 

This means: 

  • improved air quality for the community
  • lower greenhouse gas emissions

Other benefits include: 

  • reduced trip times
  • reduced fuel costs
  • reduced accidents
  • greater accessibility to employment and services in Western Sydney