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ISCA's position on Climate Change

A message from ISCAs Chair and CEO: 

Urgent action is required to shift towards low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure, recognising that infrastructure is a fundamental building block for a vibrant, inclusive, and connected society.

As the peak infrastructure sustainability body across Australia and New Zealand, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) recognises the need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge. “Infrastructure contributes up to 70% of Australia’s annual emissions and therefore has a key role in enabling Australia’s net zero emissions goal,” said ISCA Chair, Alison Rowe. 

“Aligned with our purpose, ISCA will support our industry in shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure, recognising that infrastructure is a fundamental factor in determining our region’s future well-being.  This week we are making our position clear and committing to five levels of action, which we will measure and report against annually” said ISCA CEO Ainsley Simpson.   

OUR ROLE

ISCA’s purpose is to ensure that all infrastructure delivers social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits.
Accordingly, we will be a significant contributor to coordinating, developing and supporting  the implementation of low carbon and resilience solutions and results.

OUR PERSPECTIVE

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) recognises the need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change using the best available scientific knowledge. Specifically, ISCA accepts and agrees that climate change is fundamentally linked to human activity and that the challenge we face is critical and imminent.
ISCA is prepared to take the key steps outlined below to help expedite Australia’s shift towards low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure, recognising that infrastructure is a fundamental factor in determining our region’s future well-being.

OUR VISION

Urgent action is required to shift towards low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure, recognising that infrastructure is a fundamental building block for a vibrant, inclusive, and connected society. ISCA can help enable this shift by:
•    Collaborating to find responsible pathways to decarbonise and reach net zero emissions
•    Strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity
to climate-induced impacts, by:
-    Addressing physical and transitional climate risks through strategies and planning practices and intergovernmental policy
-    Showcasing practical solutions implemented on projects and assets, which have good long-term value and rates of return, further supporting sustainable investment
-    Building professional and institutional
capability in our industry regarding climate risk
•    Leveraging opportunities for innovation adoption and productivity gains as a result of action to further progress the incentives and benefits of making the shift.

OUR COMMITMENT TO ACTION 

  1. Align with the global goals: ISCA has aligned its business strategy and operations to the UN Sustainable Goals (UN SDG) including Goal 13 - taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.
  2. Accelerate sustainable practices in infrastructure which respond to climate change: ISCA has led the acceleration of sustainable practices in infrastructure, including decarbonisation and increasing resilience to climate change. With almost $160 billion dollars’ worth of assets engaged in the program across Australia and New Zealand, ISCA will catalyse and accelerate action with tangible outcomes. These extend to the related issues of resilience, biodiversity, energy, water, and materials and resource efficiency. Part of our role is sharing lessons learnt and solutions which can add significant economic value to infrastructure.
  3. Facilitate a pathway for infrastructure to achieve a net zero emissions future: Infrastructure contributes up to  70% of Australia’s annual  emissions  and  therefore has a critical role in enabling Australia’s net zero emissions economy and society. Infrastructure
    built today and tomorrow will have a lasting and significant impact on ongoing emissions well into the future. Preparing infrastructure for a net zero emissions future is a key objective for ISCA.
  4. Collaborate to deliver impact at scale: Recognising and rewarding infrastructure that demonstrates innovative solutions to reduce emissions and enable resilience. ISCA will continue to encourage and enable infrastructure to creatively respond to climate change risks and will measure and report publicly on progress in the Infrastructure sector.
  5. Advocate for leadership - ISCA will advocate for government and private sector leadership in working towards the
    UN Sustainable Development Goals and our commitments to the Paris Agreement. We will continue to report annually on our collective progress.
     
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