The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has joined forces with other private sector peak bodies and federal agencies to launch the Infrastructure Net Zero initiative.
ACA CEO, Jon Davies, said the Infrastructure Net Zero initiative underscores the close collaboration between government and industry in creating a clear path for the sector to reach net zero emissions.
“We are entering a time where we need everything all at once – net zero, decarbonisation, sustainability – and navigating the policy landscape is challenging,” Davies said.
“This initiative will help to join the dots.
“If we are to reach our goal, we need to start doing things differently now.
“The immediate priority areas will include defining net zero for infrastructure, reaching alignment between public and private sectors, uplifting capability in the supply chain and procuring for net zero.”
Infrastructure Net Zero members include the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Green Building Council of Australia and Infrastructure Australia, just to name a few.
Chair of Infrastructure Net Zero, Nicole Lockwood, said that infrastructure is one of the leading sectors in the country’s carbon footprint.
“Infrastructure embodies, consumes and enables 70 per cent of Australia’s carbon footprint. The tightened targets for 2030 and 2050, the huge pipeline of new projects and the need to adapt to increasing climate shocks have brewed the perfect storm,” she said.
“The time for decisive action is now. Infrastructure Net Zero will help the whole sector go further and faster – together.”