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From Intent to Impact | 2019 Infrastructure Sustainability Annual Conference

From Intent to Impact | 2019 Infrastructure Sustainability Annual Conference


In July this year the UN Released their 2019 report on progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The key takeaway? Some progress has been made but it has not been ambitious or fast enough to achieve the Goals by 2030.  This year the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) annual conference will pick up on that theme at their annual conference, ISCAConnect on 15th, 16th and 17th October.

“The theme for this year’s conference is from Intent to Impact and it really is about recognising the progress that has been made to date by industry, but also not loosing sight of the fact that there is a lot more that needs to be done,” said Patrick Hastings, Chief Operating Officer for ISCA.

Initiatives such as ISCA’s Infrastructure Sustainability Scheme (IS Scheme), a certification program to measure sustainable performance in infrastructure projects is evidence of this progress. As Built Projects certified by the IS Scheme avoided a total of 2.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and achieved a reduction in 29% reduction in materials used. 

“We recognise and celebrate the achievements to date - there is definitely a culture and behaviour change happening throughout industry. This can be demonstrated in the 44 sustainability innovation challenges that have been recorded through the IS Scheme.  Five have been world firsts, 23 national firsts,” said Mr Hastings.

“This type of outcome isn’t just positive for people and the planet, but evidence of a lot of hard work of people, teams and organisations to change the way do business and the way they think about sustainability,” he said.

“This year’s conference is focussed on building on that momentum and effort of the last decade, and to collectively refocus us on the work that needs to be done to achieve our sustainability ambitions by 2030.”

The conference will deep-dive on a number of key impact areas including the circular economy, carbon neutrality and social sustainability. It will also provide attendees the opportunity to the lift the lid on latest innovations and learn more about implementing new technology into their projects through Future of Transport and Implementing New Materials Sessions and the Innovation & Impacts Workshop.

“We are very lucky to be joined this year by a number of eminent global sustainability leaders including Ms Brandi Hudson from the Independent Māori Statutory Board, Dr Kate Ringvall from IKEA, Elke Lindner from Toyota, Alessia Verderio from The ICONIC and Bob Gordon from Nando’s.

These global leaders will bring new perspectives on the constraints and opportunities around sustainability. As part of his keynote, Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong and SMEC, will share some of the challenges of designing and building sustainable development and infrastructure in Singapore, a country with land mass just over 700km2 and a population of around 5.6 million people. 

“Surbana Jurong, is proud to be the integral technical partner to Singapore in realising its vision of creating a city in a garden,” said Mr Wong.

“Today, our approaches to achieving sustainability are continuing to advance, integrating technology and biophilic principles whereby the city becomes home to natural systems,” he said.

“This is clearly evidenced in our work at Changi Airport and the magnificent associated “Jewel” aerotropolis project.”

Attendees will also be the first to hear about the latest research and partnerships from ISCA including the much anticipated national discussion paper on carbon neutral infrastructure in Australia, and the industry launch of the ISCA and Green Building Council of Australia guide about how to integrate Green Star and IS Scheme Design and As Built rating tools.

“If you are part of our IS Practitioner community I also highly recommend that your attend our Practitioner day on Tuesday 15th October which will include an inspiring site tour of the Level Crossing Removal Program and their work partnering with local Indigenous communities to integrate traditional cultural heritage with tradition engineering and design practices. It will also be followed by key-note sessions with some of industry’s leading practitioners and thought leaders,” said Mr Hastings.

“As always the Infrastructure Sustainability Awards Gala Dinner is not to be missed and will be a great way to close out the conference,” he said.




The ISCA Annual Conference - ISCACONNECT 

2019 Infrastructure Sustainability Annual Conference

ISAP Practitioner Day 15th October | Site Tour of Level Crossing Removal Program followed by keynote and workshop sessions.

16th and 17th October, 2019 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

For more information on speakers, ISCA awards or to purchase tickets for the conference, visit #ISCACONNECT