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Sustainable infrastructure a team effort: Report


A range of construction and infrastructure bodies have collaborated on a report to deliver the infrastructure pipeline through a holistic net zero carbon emissions framework.

Titled A net-zero future delivered through our infrastructure pipeline, the joint report was released by Autodesk, Australian Constructors Association (ACA), Consult Australia and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council.

In writing the report, the companies recognised a favourable approach which focused on pillars of procurement, materials, methodologies, technology and people capability.

ACA chief executive officer Jon Davies said growth in infrastructure was allowing for vast advancements in many of these areas.

“The record investment in infrastructure creates opportunities for the construction industry to be part of the solution to net zero,” Davies said.

“We all have a role to play, and it must be performed in partnership. The report sets out the options and enablers for government and industry to use in mapping the path to low carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure.”

The report outlines a list of case studies where sustainable infrastructure solutions have been implemented, including Boral’s use of ENVISIA low carbon concrete to construct the Forrestfield-Airport rail link in Western Australia.

Infrastructure Sustainability Council chief executive officer Ainsley Simpson said there were plenty of examples of the report’s approach working and industry was on the right track.

“The 24 As-Built Projects certified over the last four years by the Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme reduced their whole of life cycle emissions by 26.5 million tonnes of CO2e, which is equivalent to the 26 CO2e saved by the whole Australian economy in 2020,” Simpson said.

Autodesk is an American software company that delivers products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing and other industries.

Its part in the report revolved around the use of technology to automate and improve industry’s understanding of sustainable construction.

Autodesk ANZ regional director Andy Cunningham said technology would be pivotal in the process.

“Software helps automate complex processes and transform data into actionable insights that empower innovators to improve the impact of everything they design, make, own, and operate,” Cunningham said.

“Cloud solutions and connected data environments fuel innovation – across technology, processes, supply chains, and industries. This opportunity is only accelerating.”

To read the report and learn more, download the report here.

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