Report highlights infrastructure sustainability impacts

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has published the 2018 Impacts Report to highlight the collective effort made by Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rated projects to deliver more sustainable outcomes.

Since the sustainability framework for infrastructure was developed in 2012, the IS rating scheme has engaged more than $97billion worth of infrastructure spend across 86 projects in Australia and New Zealand.

ISCA’s IS rating tool measures the impacts of these projects, which have avoided;

  • 18.7million tonnes of CO2-e; equivalent of powering the households of Brisbane for a year;

  • Material use by 74%; which has equivalent environmental benefit of diverting all household waste of Dunedin for 2 years;

  • 67,000 Olympic swimming pools in water.

The Impacts Report also features exemplar case studies, key learnings, thought leadership pieces and trends in sustainability within and outside the infrastructure industry. Including features from;

  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) on clean energy opportunities in Australia's infrastructure sector,

  • Cardno’s innovative approach to water resilience with Wellington Water,

  • Arup addressing sustainability from the start; case study,

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies' vision for a sustainable future transportation system,

  • Supply Chain Sustainability School’s update on the Modern Slavery Act,

  • Queensland Department of Environment and Science; collaborating for the best outcomes,

  • Auckland Council’s approach to building a sustainable park in Scott Park,

  • Lendlease case study of Caulfield to Dandenong LXRA project,

  • McConnell Dowell’s approach to driving innovation,

  • Virgin Australia taking bio-fuels to new heights,

  • Liberty Steel delivering on its sustainability promise,

  • John Holland and Mainroads WA’s case study of the award winning Northlink project.

The infrastructure industry is responsible for more than 50% of Australia’s green-house gas emissions. ISCA enables sustainability in infrastructure through a third-party rating program, training and knowledge sharing and creating a community of practice around sustainable infrastructure. To date, more than $97 billion in infrastructure projects is engaged in the IS rating scheme across Australia and New Zealand.

The ISCA Impacts Report 2018 is available here.

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