Sustainability drives IA’s priorities

Infrastructure Australia (IA) has released new guiding principles to promote sustainability across the sector it advises on to ensure major investments deliver the best outcomes for the community.

IA CEO, Romilly Madew, said the organisation’s role requires it to help ensure the benefits of sustainability are harnessed.

“With this in mind, we have developed new Sustainability Principles to guide our own approach to sustainability and drive change across the sector,” she said.

“Ultimately, we want to ensure that community needs are properly understood and met through the efficient delivery of sustainable infrastructure.

“Infrastructure needs to consider sustainability due to the scale of investments, the long life of assets and the potential impact projects can have on communities. This has only been amplified in an age of increasing uncertainty, resource scarcity, disruption, climate change and extreme weather events. It is now critical that infrastructure is delivered in a manner which produces sustainable outcomes.”

These guiding principles, according to Madew, set clear, transparent expectations on how sustainability will be considered in future advice and publications including the Infrastructure Priority List, revised Infrastructure Assessment Framework and the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan.