9 March 2012
One of the world’s leading engineering, architectural and
consulting companies, GHD, has helped introduce Australia’s first
common system to measure and embed sustainability into
infrastructure projects across the country.
GHD sponsored the NSW launch of the national
Infrastructure Sustainability rating scheme (IS rating scheme) at
Sydney’s Parliament House on Thursday 8 March.
The Hon Brad Hazzard, Minister for Planning and
Infrastructure and Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure
NSW, presided over the launch ceremony in Sydney’s Parliament
The scheme has been developed by the Australian
Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC), comprised of more than 80
member companies from Australia’s infrastructure industry,
employing 70,000 people.
As a founding AGIC member, GHD is committed to
creating a robust and consistent rating system for Australian
infrastructure. The IS rating scheme is likened to the Green
Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating.
The scheme is comprised of the IS rating tool, a
formal assessment process, rating certification and an education
program. Infrastructure types that are covered by the scheme
include transport, water, wastewater, energy and
Projects and assets will be rated on a 100-point
scale. An IS rating in the range of 25 – 49 is ‘Good’ practice, 50
– 74 is ‘Excellent’ practice and 75 – 100 is ‘Leading’
GHD forms part of the Bulk Water Alliance
(including Abigroup, John Holland and ACTEW) which sponsored the
national activation in Canberra on 29 February where the Hon
Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
launched the scheme.
The Bulk Water Alliance was one of the first
infrastructure projects to test the scheme when it was applied to
the Enlarged Cotter Dam. The lessons learned from this application
have ultimately aided in the development of the scheme.
GHD’s Sydney Manager David Kinniburgh noted,
“Delivering projects in alignment with the IS rating scheme enables
connectivity between project initiatives and the corporate social
responsibility priorities of the delivering organisations.
“Apart from the necessity of the tool for a better
future, there are commercial benefits in embedding the IS rating
scheme in the delivery of projects, such as industry recognition
and credibility as a leader in raising awareness and demonstrating
AGIC Chairman, David Singleton, said, “With a
common sustainability framework, potential investors can begin to
quantify Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects of a
project or asset, achieving appropriate value attribution as well
as identification of cost risk and cost reduction.
“With billions of dollars planned to be invested in
Australian infrastructure, the IS rating scheme will contribute to
more efficient, resilient and robust infrastructure,” said Mr
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