The Australian Green Infrastructure Council has been developing the National Sustainability Rating scheme to promote innovation in social, economic and environmental performance in the design, construction and operation of new and upgraded infrastructure assets.
Chairman David Hood said “The first version of the rating tool will provide the metrics and methodologies to measure performance in areas such as project governance and management; environmental management; community and stakeholder relations and resource efficiencies.
“The rating tool can also be used by governments to check that project delivery and in-service operation actually meet, or better, particular project approval conditions for sustainability.”
The benefits of the rating tool to stakeholders include reduced tendering costs to industry through the application of nationally consistent sustainability elements and performance indicators in Requests for Tender.
Other benefits include sustainability assessment and scoring will encourage innovation, efficiency through the application of a common national language, equitable tender assessment and industry recognition for high sustainability achievements.