The Australian Chamber recognises the importance of sustainable development that maintains the capacity of society, the economy and the environment to satisfy the needs of current and future generations. Focusing on improving transport infrastructure and services to ensure our growing cities are efficient, productive and liveable.
Environmental sustainability is necessary as the environment provides a number of resources and services that are essential to human life, the economy and society. Critical resources and services provided by the environment include:
- physical resources, such as food, fibre, biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, fresh water, and energy resources;
- ecosystem services, such as air quality and climate regulation, water purification and waste treatment; and pest, disease and erosion regulation; and
- cultural services, such as the nonmaterial benefits people obtain from the enjoyment of the environment such as recreation and aesthetic experiences.