From Intent to Impact - 2019 Infrastructure Sustainability Annual Conference

In July 2019, the UN released its 2019 report on the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. The key takeaway? Some progress has been made, but it has not been ambitious or fast enough to achieve the goals by 2030.  This year, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) annual conference will pick up on that theme at its annual conference, ISCAConnect on 15, 16 and 17 October.

Chief Operating Officer for ISCA, Patrick Hastings, said, “The theme for this year’s conference is from Intent to Impact and it really is about recognising the progress that has been made to date by industry, but also not losing sight of the fact that there is a lot more that needs to be done.”

Initiatives such as ISCA’s Infrastructure Sustainability Scheme (IS Scheme), a certification program to measure sustainable performance in infrastructure projects, is evidence of this progress. As Built Projects certified by the IS Scheme avoided a total of 2.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and achieved a 29 per cent reduction in materials used.  

“We recognise and celebrate the achievements to date – there is definitely a culture and behaviour change happening throughout industry,” Mr Hastings said. 

“This can be demonstrated in the 44 sustainability innovation challenges that have been recorded through the IS Scheme. Five have been world firsts, 23 national firsts.

“This type of outcome isn’t just positive for people and the planet, but evidence of a lot of hard work of people, teams and organisations changing the way they do business and the way they think about sustainability.

“This year’s conference is focused on building on that momentum and effort of the last decade, and collectively refocusing us on the work that needs to be done to achieve our sustainability ambitions by 2030.”

The conference will deep dive on a number of key impact areas including the circular economy, carbon neutrality and social sustainability. It will also provide attendees the opportunity to lift the lid on the latest innovations and learn more about implementing new technology into their projects through Future of Transport and Implementing New Materials Sessions and the Innovation & Impacts Workshop. 

“We are very lucky to be joined this year by a number of eminent global sustainability leaders including Ms Brandi Hudson from the Independent Māori Statutory Board, Dr Kate Ringvall from IKEA, Elke Lindner from Toyota, Alessia Verderio from The ICONIC and Bob Gordon from Nando’s,” Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong, said.

These global leaders will bring new perspectives on the constraints and opportunities around sustainability. As part of his keynote, Mr Wong will share some of the challenges of designing and building sustainable development and infrastructure in Singapore, a country with a land mass just over 700km2 and a population of around 5.6 million people.  

“Surbana Jurong is proud to be the integral technical partner to Singapore in realising its vision of creating a city in a garden,” Mr Wong said.

“Today, our approaches to achieving sustainability are continuing to advance, integrating technology and biophilic principles whereby the city becomes home to natural systems.

“This is clearly evidenced in our work at Changi Airport and the magnificent associated ‘Jewel’ aerotropolis project.” 

Attendees will also be the first to hear about the latest research and partnerships from ISCA, including the much anticipated national discussion paper on carbon neutral infrastructure in Australia, and the industry launch of the ISCA and Green Building Council of Australia guide about how to integrate Green Star and IS Scheme Design, and As Built rating tools. 

“If you are part of our IS Scheme Practitioner community I also highly recommend that you attend our practitioner day on Tuesday 15 October which will include an inspiring site tour of the Level Crossing Removal Program and their work partnering with local Indigenous communities to integrate traditional cultural heritage with engineering and design practices. It will also be followed by keynote sessions with some of the industry’s leading practitioners and thought leaders,” Mr Hastings said. 

“As always the Infrastructure Sustainability Awards Gala Dinner is not to be missed and will be a great way to close out the conference.” 

The partner content is provided by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA). For more information, visit

More information:
The ISCA Annual Conference – ISCA Connect
2019 Infrastructure Sustainability Annual Conference
ISAP Practitioner Day 15th October | Site Tour of Level Crossing Removal Program followed by keynote and workshop sessions.
16th and 17th October, 2019 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

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