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2016 Infrastructure Sustainability Conference Highlights

Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 Infrastructure Sustainability Conference

The 2016 conference theme “what IS next?” inspired attendees to dream big in relation to improving the sustainability of infrastructure. The program showcased where some dreamers have mastered the conversion to reality.

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Welcome to Country
Uncle Ray Davison, Gadigal Elder

ISCA Welcome
Antony Sprigg, CEO ISCA

Building infrastructure that lasts longer, positively impacts the environment, and improves quality of life
Bianca Nijhof, Global Account Leader Natural Capital Arcadis
Infrastructure solutions being delivered globally are working to strengthen trade ties with neighbouring countries and working to boost economic growth. In turn infrastructure is helping to bring some regions one step closer to reducing poverty and providing equality of opportunity. In other regions, infrastructure development is connecting cities and helping rebalance the economy, while also providing development opportunities for new socioeconomic groups. Additionally, approaching infrastructural developments in an integrated way using innovative thinking enables these projects to enhance the environment rather than negatively impact it. By reviewing global trends in sustainability in infrastructure through the example of some of the world’s most complex infrastructure projects we can ensure that we work to embed sustainability into infrastructure delivery, and ensure that our projects are resilient. We can tackle the question of how do we build so that this infrastructure lasts longer, positively impacts the environment and societies, and ultimately helps to improve quality of life.



California High Speed Rail sustainability track record
Margaret Cederoth, Sustainability Leader California High Speed Rail
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is delivering system that will transform travel in California for the 21st Century. Its delivery is setting a new standard for green infrastructure in California and has already achieved ambitious sustainability targets after the first year of construction.

Global trends in infrastructure sustainability
Anne Kerr, Global Head Urbanisation Mott McDonald
Enhancing physical infrastructure with digital technology has the potential to meet the mounting challenges from global trends including population growth, greater consumer demands, and tighter budgets. Finite natural resources is also a key driver. The presentation will be looking at “what next” for infrastructure, and how to unlock hidden capacity.



Lessons from an Intrapreneur
Andrew Harris, Director – Engineering Excellence Group Laing O’Rourke
Laing O’Rourke is one of the World’s largest privately owned engineering and construction companies, delivering hospitals, schools, high rise offices, power stations, railways, roads, mines, ports and hydrocarbons. Four years ago Andrew was recruited to set-up and lead a global centre of excellence to transform the company’s capabilities through strategic innovation, research and development, and enhanced technical performance. Much of this is centred on identifying, developing and deploying new technologies across a traditional and risk averse business, where there is an absolute focus on value. In this talk Andrew will explore some of the lessons from being an entrepreneur in a global, multi-billion dollar business.

GRESB survey
Emke Bus, GRESB
Richard Palmer, WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff
This presentation will summarise of results of the inaugural GRESB Infrastructure Assessment. It will also summarise WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff’s assessment of the alignment between GRESB Infrastructure Assessment and IS rating scheme and provide a pathway for the two sustainability frameworks identifying complimentary aspects and an assessment of the overlap between the categories, impacts, benchmarks and reporting requirements.



Metro Tunnel sustainability leadership
Alister Campbell, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
Metro Tunnel is one of Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure projects. The $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel will transform the way people move around Melbourne. Metro Tunnel is the first step towards a ‘metro style’ rail network for Melbourne with
the ‘turn up and go’ train services that are the hallmark of the world’s great cities. A vision for the project’s sustainability was developed very early on, which has led to a robust governance and policy framework for successfully delivering the project. In this presentation Alister will outline how the Metro Tunnel sustainability team influenced leadership, developed a sustainability culture, integrated sustainability into the concept design, developed the Metro Tunnel Sustainability Targets and prepared for project delivery.



Materials Design Challenge
Suppliers and designers were challenged to provide case studies where theoretically better sustainable outcomes can be achieved when products are used the right way. Panellist were selected from entries to present their case study.
Moderator: Ross Davies, Sustainability Manager BlueScope Steel, Chair ISCA Materials Working Group
Michael Chin, Asset Manager Main Roads WA
Kate Harris, Chief Executive Officer Good Environmental Choice Australia PRESENTATION SLIDES
Brett Jennings, Technical Director – Transport (Structures Lead – T2T Alliance) Mott MacDonald (presenting on behalf of T2T Alliance) PRESENTATION SLIDES
Rob Kilgour, Materials Technology Principal Engineer WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff PRESENTATION SLIDES
Ray Lee, Director Echo Barrier PRESENTATION SLIDES



Road Corridor Regeneration
Jarrah Bassal, Senior Sustainability Advisor Transurban
Transurban is regenerating under-utilised and disused sites within road corridors alongside its toll road assets. Known as the Motorscapes program, this regeneration comprises two components – native plant regeneration and iconic public art installations or other social infrastructure.
Transurban hopes Motorscapes encourages other road operators and agencies to consider similar approaches and, in so doing, provide road infrastructure that not only allows the efficient transport of people and goods but also makes a greater and enduring contribution to local ecosystems and climate change mitigation.

Showcasing WA
Amy Elkington, Senior Environment and Sustainability Consultant GHD, Co-chair ISCA WA Working Group
Western Australia is geographically isolated and vast but this has not hindered its sustainability professionals from making a positive impact on the infrastructure landscape. Over the past year Team WA has accomplished great outcomes on IS projects and as part of ISCA’s WA Working Group. Some of these outcomes will be shared during this showcase.



City Rail Link – Sustainability in a New Zealand cultural context
Liz Root, Principal Sustainability Advisor City Rail Link Auckland Transport
Berenize Peita, Ngãti Te Ata, Representative of Mana Whenua forum
The largest infrastructure project in New Zealand, Auckland’s $2.5b City Rail Link, is working with Mana Whenua to incorporate their cultural values into the IS framework for use on the project. This presentation will talk about the process used, the outcomes arrived at and what changes this is bringing to the project.



Sustainable and ethical procurement
Moderator: Leeora Black, Managing Director ACCSR
This panel conversation will focus on:
• The challenges implementing sustainable procurement into projects
• What organisations are doing currently in terms of sustainable procurement
• The opportunities identified by organisations through the process of sustainable procurement
• Examples of successful sustainable procurement
• Why sustainable procurement is important to consider
Richard Brincat, Organisational Development Partner Transport for NSW
Ross Davies, Sustainability Manager BlueScope Steel
Jackie Aggett, Head of Procurement Australian Hub Laing O’Rourke Australia
Nicole Sullivan, Green Building Council of Australia



The challenge of infrastructure sustainability in a local government and regional context
Julian Fyfe, Infrastructure Technical Manager Parkes Shire Council
Brad Gauchi, John Holland
The town of Parkes, NSW is undergoing a transformative, once-in-a-generation upgrade to key water infrastructure including its main water and sewage treatment plants. Sustainability has featured heavily in the planning and design, but the scale, location and financing of the projects present unique challenges to achieving positive sustainability outcomes.

Triple Bottom Line validation of TfNSW’s Sustainable Design Guidelines v4.0
Jonas Bengtsson, CEO Edge Environment
Dr Jane Inglis, Policy Manager Sustainability and Systems Infrastructure & Services Transport for NSW
TfNSW have developed v4.0 of the Sustainable Design Guidelines (SDGs) as part of their commitment to continuous improvement in sustainable infrastructure delivery. This project critically assesses the new SDGs using life cycle triple bottom line modelling to determine the value proposition of the performance levels of the SDGs.



“How To” guide for developing a Business Case for sustainability
Glen Hedges Co-Chair ISCA Contractor Working Group
Nicole Neal, Co-Chair ISCA Contractor Working Group
“A Guide to Developing a Business Case for Sustainability in Infrastructure Delivery” has been produced by volunteer members of ISCAs Contractors Working Group. The guide aims to assist industry practitioners evaluate and present a sustainability idea and positively influencing decision makers in eight steps regardless of their commercial experience. The guide also includes worked examples, templates and handy references.



This was the second of seven events during ISCA’s 2016 Festival of Infrastructure Sustainability.

Thank you to our festival supporting partners

NorthConnex Site Tour | Monday 24 October 2016 | 10.00am – 1pm
IS Assessor Workshop | Monday 24 October 2016 | 1pm – 5pm | Sponsored by Lendlease
What IS next? conference | Tuesday 25 October2016
Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards | Tuesday 25 October2016 | Sponsored by Arcadis and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
IS Verifier Breakfast | Wednesday 26 October 2016 | 8.30am – 11am
Social Licence Workshop | Wednesday 26 October 2016 | 11am – 1pm | Sponsored by ACCSR and Laing O’Rourke
IS Economic Theme Workshop | Wednesday 26 October 2016 | 1.30pm – 4pm | Sponsored by Laing O’Rourke

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