The world’s population is growing, creating an ever-growing demand for infrastructure – whether it’s energy, transport or water. Australia is no exception, and over recent years we’ve seen an explosion in infrastructure investment, a trend that’s set to continue throughout this decade and beyond. Yet, like every other sector, infrastructure must also be developed and operated within our planet’s environmental boundaries. Good infrastructure can help reduce a population’s demand for resources, but new rail links and energy projects can also use a vast amount of materials in their construction, and have far-reaching impacts on landscapes and communities.
Rating schemes such as that developed by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia have helped to drive enormous changes in the sector, making sustainability business as usual for many companies and Government departments. But if we are to limit global warming to less than two degrees, best practice needs to evolve daily.
You may be a Government department looking to set the sustainability strategy for a multi-billion dollar project; a consortium of companies bidding for a major contract and looking for a differentiator; or a contractor looking for help meeting a stretching rating target. Alternatively, your organisation may just have entered the market, with a need to understand how sustainability impacts the industry, and where your big risks and opportunities lie. Or perhaps you’re a construction project manufacturer, looking to gain a competitive advantage in the face of ever-growing demand for sustainable products in the infrastructure sector.
Edge Environment award-winning team has extensive experience across the infrastructure sector, with clients spanning from state Government departments through to multinational contractors. Our services range from high-level strategy development to detailed technical work, supporting initial target setting all the way through to on-the-ground project delivery. We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective, innovative, evidence-based and practical solutions to help you meet your challenges, including:
- Sustainability support for contract bids
- Strategy development, including science-based targets
- ISCA strategy optimisation and analysis for key credits
- Project life cycle assessment and costing
- Climate change risk and adaptation support
- Sustainable procurement advisory
- Policy analysis and development
- IS rating training and verification (via ISCA)