7 September 2011 – Sustainability will be the new performance standard once the Australian Green Infrastructure Council  Sustainability Rating Scheme is finalised later this year.

The AGIC national conference on 7 October in Melbourne will  outline how environment, social and governance issues have increasingly become a point of focus for infrastructure decision making and   how the AGIC Scheme will meet this emerging focus.

Authors of the scheme will also outline how it will drive industry innovation, reduce risk and independently verify sustainability outcomes.

“The value protection and value creation opportunities inherent in the AGIC Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme will be a critical component to successful management at asset level over a long term investment horizon, “  said Mr Mark Rogers, Deputy Chairman, AGIC and Associate Director, Infrastructure Investment, Colonial First State Global Asset Management .

Speaking at the AGIC conference on the business case for sustainability are Dr Martin Blake, UK sustainability specialist, Ms Talieh Bentley, head of governance and sustainableiInvestment, Unisuper Management Pty Ltd and Professor Kate Auty, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria.

Recent infrastructure sustainability case studies and the results of the AGIC Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme pilot trials will also be featured.