22 January 2013 — The Australian Green Infrastructure Council wants organisations to partner in the pilot trials of the operations component of Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool.

Antony Sprigg, chief executive officer for AGIC, soon to to be renamed,  said  the trials were the next progression of the IS rating tool.

“Take up of the Design and As-Built rating elements of the IS tool has been strong. The final stage in the development of the operation rating component of the IS Tool is for it to be rigorously trialled on a range of operating infrastructure assets in partnership with industry,” Mr Sprigg told members in a newsletter this week.

Mr Sprigg said AGIC stakeholders were invited to contact the organisation if they were interested in partnering on pilot trials.

He said benefits included:

  • obtaining one of the first IS operation ratings for an infrastructure asset which can be marketed to stakeholders
  • demonstrating leadership in sustainability
  • the opportunity to self-assess the sustainability of asset operations
  • identifying areas of sustainability strengths and weaknesses in asset operations and what can be done to rectify weaknesses
  • building staff capacity and interest.
  • contributing to the further development of this important industry rating tool.

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Meanwhile Mr Sprigg said the name change for AGIC followed feedback that the leadership team and industry stakeholders had been aware its name did “not fully represent the vision and mandate of the organisation, nor at a practical level, the full triple bottom line coverage of the IS scheme itself”.

The organisation’s new name, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia would take effect at an official launch in March.

Mr Sprigg said 2012 was AGIC’s “coming of age” with the release and launch of the IS rating scheme and the underpinning IS Foundation Training.

“Since the middle of last year, we have had five projects formally register for a rating, with two more projects likely to have formally signed up by the end of January 2013,” he said.

The projects range in value from about $15 million to $6 billion and range in type from water and waste water infrastructure to transport and port infrastructure.

“We hope to see the first ratings being awarded from March 2013,” he said.

Mr Sprigg said key initiatives from last year included the Institute of Public Works, Engineering Australia and AGIC partnering to identify how the infrastructure sustainability rating tool could be used for local council operation and maintenance programs.

Another was the West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum, in consultation with AGIC, undertaking a scoping study to investigate the suitability and practicality of transforming the AGIC IS rating tool for use within the resources sector.