Sustainability management

As the first organisation in Australia to register an infrastructure project with the ISCA Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) tool,  we are committed to designing, building and operating sustainable assets.

Sustainability Scorecard

The sustainable scorecard assessment is an in-house process aimed at ensuring all social, environmental, cultural and financial impacts, and opportunities are identified before a project is delivered. This tool is embedded into the planning process of all of our infrastructure projects to provide a qualitative sustainability assessment.

What you want from us 

In 2013, we undertook a Sustainability Materiality Assessment where we engaged with our customers and stakeholders to find out which elements of sustainability are  most valued. These include:

  • Water conservation and security
  • Drinking water quality
  • Environmental compliance
  • Carbon footprint
  • Natural environment
  • Sewage treatment and reuse
  • River water quality and health
  • Energy use
  • Sustainable design 

Sustainability reports and performance indicators

Using our knowledge about stakeholder’s values enabled us to shape the contents of our Sustainability Report and define our Sustainability Performance Indicators so they focus on these elements of sustainability. 

Sustainability awards

We work hard to be innovative when it comes to sustainability and our efforts have resulted in a number of awards and certifications including:

  • Australian Water Association (AWA) ACT Water Awards 2017 - Research Innovation Award for Icon Water’s Fish Monitoring and Research program
  • Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) 2015 - High commended for Organisational Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability 
  • Overall winner – Sustainable Solutions in Public Works 2014 Australasia
  • Sustainable Infrastructure category winner – Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2014
  • Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities 2014 – Community Action Partnerships and Culture award winner
  • Program Innovation category winner for the Fish Management Program to protect threatened fish – Australian Water Association National Award 2013
  • International Environmental Excellence Award – International Erosion Control Association 2013
  • Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable cities 2013 – commendation for our community and schools engagement to protect our drinking water catchments
  • ACT Landcare Award 2013 for partnerships for the source water protection program