October 25, 2018
Fast-tracking sustainability in the Australian infrastructure sector
Inspired by circular economy thinking, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) engaged Ramboll in Australia to apply these concepts to the planning, delivery and operation of major infrastructure projects.
In contrast to the traditional linear economy, the circular economy continuously re-uses resources and materials to reduce dependency on sourcing new raw materials – some of which are becoming increasingly scarce. Waste itself becomes a resource in this new model.
As the peak industry body for advancing sustainable delivery of major projects in Australia and New Zealand, ISCA drives sustainability through the development and application of its IS (Infrastructure Sustainability) rating scheme. Since the 2012 launch of the IS scheme, 86 projects across Australia and New Zealand totalling nearly $100 billion have been either certified or registered for an IS rating.
According to Nick Houldsworth, Western Australia Manager who led the project team, “The development of the new Resource Efficiency category has successfully fast-tracked sustainability thinking into the mindset and actions of Australia’s infrastructure delivery supply chain”.
Learn more about this work in the 23 October 2018 article in Sustainability Matters.