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Discussion paper

Infrastructure has a significant, lasting influence on Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Around 70% of Australia’s emissions are associated with infrastructure projects. Infrastructure assets built today will still be operating in 2050 when countries like Australia are expected to reach net zero emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Despite this, emissions reductions in line with a net zero emissions future are not effectively prioritised in infrastructure planning, design, procurement and operations across sectors.

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is partnering with ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) to explore and define the role infrastructure can play in achieving a net zero emissions future.

The purpose of this issues paper is to progress a new conversation to better understand the challenges and opportunities in reshaping transport, energy, water, communications and waste infrastructure for a net zero emissions world. Infrastructure bodies, governments, professional and industry associations, investors, designers, builders and operators have a shared responsibility to support the transition to net zero emissions within their own scope of influence, and collaborate with the broader sector to deliver solutions. These stakeholders are the audience for this report and the conversations it engenders.

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