ISCA’s Paul Davies has been delivering a series of talks to engineers around Australia on the increasingly important role of sustainability in infrastructure. Part of Engineers Australia’s Infrastructure thought leaders series, the talks have been well received in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle.
The central message in Paul’s presentation is that sustainability is no longer a “nice to have” but now a “must have” in the planning, designing, construction and operation of infrastructure. Sustainability requirements are increasingly embedded in government infrastructure contracts and embrace the broadest definition of the term – environmental, social and economic sustainability. Achieving and demonstrating sustainability performance is also attached to major incentives and penalties for infrastructure contractors.
This has far reaching implications and impacts on professionals such as engineers, designers and project managers. It also reaches well down into the infrastructure supply chains and upwards into State and Federal government policy.
In response, ISCA (as Australia’s peak infrastructure sustainability body) is doing much around thought leadership, advocacy, education and research to help ensure that the industry can respond to this new dynamic and that Australia is leading the pack in terms of delivering sustainable infrastructure now and into the future.
For more information about the event, visit Engineers Australia's website.