This note is to advise that the Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been updated to be used on all future projects meeting the Rating Scheme Policy requirements.
This note is to advise that the Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been updated to be used on all future projects meeting the Rating Scheme Policy requirements. The full policy is available for download from the State Highway Control Manual, on the Waka Kotahi website. The new Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy applies from the date of this notice. The major change supported by the policy is the move to replace the current GreenroadsTM rating tool with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) rating scheme.
Waka Kotahi has a vison for a low carbon, safe and healthy land transport system. Toitū Te Taiao, our Waka Kotahi Sustainability Action Plan, sets out our key focus areas and headline actions that will help us to achieve our vision. This includes the broader application and use of Sustainability Rating Schemes.
Our Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy has been updated to reflect the changes in our current business practices and to align with our broader policies and requirements to drive improved environmental and sustainable outcomes as set out in Toitū Te Taiao.
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is a non-profit organisation that enables sustainability outcomes in the planning, design, construction and operation of infrastructure projects. The ISCA rating scheme encourages best practice and allows for recognition of outstanding sustainability performance.
The purpose of the notice is to advise on the change in our Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy and the framework to be used for sustainability rating assessments of our capital work projects. This note is also to make our suppliers aware of the changes in our expectations and requirements related to the use of sustainability rating schemes.
The updated Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy will require the following:
All changes to the Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy were made in consultation with a broad range of internal and external subject matter experts. The changes to the Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy are not considered to have significant impacts at the project level when applied to new projects, as:
The key changes to the policy include:
Projects required to complete GreenroadsTM certification will not be affected by the update to our Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy.
The policy does also not apply to maintenance contracts, such as our network outcome contracts and projects that have completed the tendering process for the construction delivery prior to September 2020.
The target audience for this notice are Waka Kotahi staff and those external consultants and contractors who assist capital work projects during the business case stage and with the delivery of the design and construction of our capital work project. Advice of these changes will be promulgated by:
The requirement to consider the use of the ISCA – IS rating scheme applies to our high value capital works projects over $15 million. The key steps and processes confirming the application of the IS rating scheme include:
This Policy and affected documents are currently published for use on the Waka Kotahi website and InfoHub. Relevant affected publications, including our Social Responsibility Standard (Z19), Environmental Specifications (P47) and Contract Manuals (SM030 and SM031), will be updated in due course.
Sustainability rating tool frameworks such as the ISCA framework and industry practices are subject to continual development and changes. To ensure the Sustainability Rating Tool Policy is up to date with these changes, we will review the effectiveness of this Policy and the application of the IS Rating Scheme in driving wider sustainability outcomes and benefits following the first year of implementation and every three years following.
Author: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Published: 21 September 2020
Found at: Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy (from State Highway Control Manual) [PDF, 538 KB]
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Maurice Marquardt - Principal Environmental Specialist (Sustainability and Resource Efficiency) at email@example.com.
David Darwin - Chair, Ratification Group
Vanessa Browne - Delegated Approver