How it will work

Infrastructure Net Zero

Effective, efficient and inclusive transition to net-zero 

These reports collectively identified five common priority areas of work set out below. In addition, there is a collective recognition that we need to include a set of balanced measures to help focus effort on the right areas, to establish a robust performance measurement framework, and to report regularly on our progress.

A National Plan & Pathway 

Support the development of a national plan to decarbonise infrastructure, creating pathways for critical assets that optimise wider socio-economic benefits.


Encourage policy, investment, and incentives at state and federal level to assist with the transition to renewable energy, sustainable materials and advanced manufacturing.


Co-create governance structures, processes and approaches for reducing emissions with transparency and through sound decision-making.

Capability Building 

Identify the core skills gaps, create access to knowledge and build capability. 


Trial, adopt and promote technology solutions that optimise a holistic approach to an asset’s lifecycle from design through to end of life. 

How will it work?

The initiative is led by a Steering Committee that provides overall governance and strategic direction.

Working groups of industry supporters will collaborate on initial areas of work organised around key stages of the asset lifecycle: investment, procurement, design, construction, operations and asset management.  These will take into account and be tailored for major infrastructure sectors, including transport, utilities and social, and key sub-sectors such as rail, road and water.

Funding and resourcing will be drawn from a mix of supporter contributions, government funding, and other third-party sources. The Infrastructure Sustainability Council serves as the Convenor and custodian of funds.

The initial body of work scoped includes:
1. principles for reducing emissions in infrastructure 
2. defining the skills and capability for delivering net zero
3. supporting policy and procurement reforms to accelerate emission reduction through planning, delivery and asset management.

Each workstream will be led by a group of Infrastructure Net Zero supporters – industry stakeholders who have invested in progressing a particular focus area. With these deliverables in place, further projects will be prioritised as part of the initiative’s strategy, including sub-sector roadmaps and performance measurement.

To complete the work, Infrastructure Net Zero will engage third parties. The Steering Committee will manage appropriate tender processes, potential conflicts of interest and ensure probity. Intellectual property will vest in the initiative’s supporters. All outputs will ultimately be made available on an open-source basis making the transition to net zero accessible to all. 

"Strong leadership and collaboration across the industry is going to be required to achieve accelerated net zero and keep our sector globally competitive"

Jonathan Cartledge

CEO, Consult Australia

Want to find out more?

Contact our team below on how your organisation can get involved with Infrastructure Net Zero