IS Impact Notes - ISCouncil

While environmental, social, economic and governance outcomes lie within organisational sight-lines, impact is an additional perspective on change that explores how organisational activities are experienced in the long term by the planet, by people and through prosperity. Impacts are the changes that quadruple bottom line outcomes are designed to facilitate.

The IS Impact Notes will explore specific sustainability issues and outline potential pathways to generate impact with the IS Rating Scheme: applying credits in IS Technical Manual, Sustainable procurement approaches and driving positive action through policy.

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Low Embodied Carbon Materials

This first IS Impact Note outlines the role of the infrastructure industry in supporting the reduction of embodied carbon emissions from construction materials. It describes how the IS Rating Scheme drives embodied emissions reductions at a project level via sustainable procurement, options assessment, innovation, and at a materials level via Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and third-party product certifications.

IS Impact Notes – Low Embodied Carbon Materials
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Modern Slavery

This Impact Note outlines how infrastructure projects can drive action - through leadership and management, sustainable procurement, materials sourcing, and workforce sustainability - to integrate an appropriate and effective modern slavery response with long-term impact. The IS Rating Scheme supports embedding modern slavery management actions, aligning with the UN SDG 5 Gender equality, and UN SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth.

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Circular Economy

This impact note outlines how infrastructure organisations and projects can set the pathway to enable a circular economy via resource efficiency actions, sustainable procurement, leadership and management, and innovation. The IS Rating Scheme rewards circularity outcomes and recognises the role of the circular economy to tackle global issues, aligning with multiple UN SDGs, including SDG12 on responsible consumption and production, SDG11 on sustainable cities, SDG7 on affordable and clean energy, SDG13 on climate action, SDG14 on life below water, SDG15 on life on land, and SDG8 on decent work and economic growth.

IS Impact Notes - Circular Economy