1. Please tell us a bit about your organisation and your position role.
The Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC) is an Australian not-for-profit industry association with a mission to be the principal industry catalyst for advancing sustainability in the design, construction and operation of Australia’s infrastructure. AGIC has more than 80 member organisations, employing 70,000 people. These members have participated in the development of the Infrastructure Sustainability rating scheme over the last four years.
AGIC’s objectives are defined as follows:
- To deliver a practical national assessment, certification and rating scheme for sustainability in new and existing infrastructure.
- To promote a vision for future infrastructure sustainability.
- To be an independent forum provider for industry and governments to openly, confidentially, and non-punitively discuss infrastructure issues of the day and discuss the actual needs of both parties in a media free environment.
- To be a knowledge portal and hub for the sourcing and dissemination of sustainability practices for the education of stakeholders in the infrastructure sector.
- To encourage innovation and communicate emerging innovations to industry in a timely manner.
I am the CEO of AGIC and have been since March 2012. This is still a part time role, allowing AGIC to grow operationally in the short term. I am also the Technical Discipline Manager for Sustainability and Climate Change at SLR Consulting. As CEO I am responsible for leading and implementing the organisations strategy, building the operational and commercial business base, and engaging directly with senior representatives from strategic stakeholder.
2. What is the Infrastructure Sustainability rating scheme (IS)?
The IS (Infrastructure Sustainability) rating scheme for infrastructure is developed and administered by AGIC. IS is Australia’s only comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across design, construction and operation of infrastructure.
3. What is AGIC doing in the climate change adaptation space?
The table below shows credits from the IS rating tool which either explicitly or implicitly address/encourage “resilience” related decisions/issues. In addition AGIC developed a Climate Change Adaptation Guideline which was developed on the back of the AGIC IS Climate Change Adaptation Category. The guideline is accessible from AGIC’s website.
4. What do you see as the primary driver for climate change adaptation – is it driven by regulations, investment requirements or something else?
There are multiple drivers for considering adaptation including insurance, risk allocation/sharing, emergency planning, strategic infrastructure/asset management planning etc
5. Are there any barriers to implementing adaptation in the infrastructure space?
Lack of regulatory and policy guidance.
6. Are there any interesting examples of climate change adaptation in this sector?
A few examples:
- Some road agencies are adjusting drainage and asphalt standards for increased tem and rainfall
- New rail projects addressing adaptation in the context of drainage in tunnels, electrification services
- Water utilities in the context of water availability, water runoff , asset performance