Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Audit
“Findings from the Australian Infrastructure Audit identified many themes that are aligned with ISCA’s purpose and strategic objectives,” said ISCA CEO, Antony Sprigg. “I agree that an effective transport sector, including road, rail, ports and airports, is crucial to raising productivity and strengthening the economy and similarly the efficient operation of energy, telecommunications and water infrastructure is essential to sustaining our quality of life.”
ISCA is committed to improving the productivity and liveability of industry and communities through sustainability in infrastructure. ISCA supports the increase in adoption of integrated and outcomes based social, economic and environmental (triple bottom line) practices.
“We consider this the ideal time to work closely with IA to identify and develop the tools and methodologies required to evaluate triple bottom line performance across the evolving project pipeline, and also to distill the relatively high level audit findings into assessable features to inform evaluation and decision making processes,” suggests Mr Sprigg.
ISCA is pleased to see “environmental sustainability” featured in the Audit as a “fundamental aspect of infrastructure project selection and planning processes”.
“This couples nicely with the current coverage of the Infrastructure Sustainability rating scheme and the rationale and drivers behind its development,” highlights Mr Sprigg. “The IS rating scheme is now being adopted across Australia by infrastructure procurers, owners and operators, with more than $40B in capital works projects and assets certified or in the rating process.”
ISCA agrees that management and decision making processes need to enable continuous improvement and promotion of contemporary design and construction practices, facilitating the uptake of new technologies. It is primarily for this reason that the IS rating scheme has an Innovation category.
The IS rating scheme rewards projects and assets achieving benchmarked performance in management, procurement, climate change adaptation, resource efficiency, lifecycle material impacts, emissions, pollution, waste, ecology, community, heritage and stakeholder engagement.
“When the IS rating scheme is applied in a way to deliver outcomes, it can assist directly with driving improved whole-of-life economic outcomes and enhanced social license,” said Mr Sprigg. “This can assist with the reduction of construction costs and prevention of project delays, or even worse, cancellations caused by the total loss of a social license. IS rating scheme process and certification is an essential means of any infrastructure investment or business case evaluation process.”