Sustainability is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days, as we become increasingly aware of the way we live and how we do things can have an influence and impact on the world we live in.
‘Sustainable infrastructure refers to the network and system, equipment and assets designed to meet the population’s essential service needs while adhering to sustainability principles.
Sustainable infrastructure protects and preserves the ecological processes required to maintain human health, equity, diversity and the functioning of natural systems. It is not just about building new projects, but also about the rehabilitation, reuse or optimisation of existing infrastructure.’ (2021, Sustainability Principles, Infrastructure Australia, Section 2, Pg.3)
Australian Infrastructure Chief Executive, Romilly Madew said:
“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.” (12th April 2021, Infrastructure Australia, New Guiding Principles to promote sustainability outcomes across the infrastructure sector < https://www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/listing/media-release/new-guiding-principles-promote-sustainability-outcomes-across-infrastructure-sector>