Opportunities for Improvement

What worked this year?
  • Submission of R1 Design - this was possible due to early engagement with procurement, design, stakeholder and people and capability teams. IS V1.2 requirements identified early and embedded across project management plans and procedures.
  • Achieving sustainable procurement outcomes: 66% of the APIC target achieved, and 5% of the self-nominated local procurement target met by Q1 2021 as a result of early engagement with the commercial team and strong emphasis on sustainable procurement during early project stages.
  • Identification of over 10 innovations submitted as World First, Australia First and Market Transformation during R1: key initiatives identified and submitted to ISCA during R1 range from the use of energy efficient tunnel plant to digital communications and the implementation of recycling/ washing PPE programs to reduce resource consumption.
  • Continuous participation in knowledge sharing forums by the JHCPB has allowed the team to leverage off lessons learnt from other WestConnex stages delivered and incorporate those learnings into the Project strategies. 
  • Waste to destination audits continue to be completed with other Major Projects which has facilitated healthy discussion on waste management practices between Contractors and Suppliers, particularly with regard to poor performance of spoil haulage contractors.
  • The role of the Independent Stakeholder Auditor continued to be performed by SQP’s from other Major Projects again contributing to knowledge sharing, whilst reducing reliance on external consultants.
What didn't work this year?
  • Office waste performance is still under the target - currently performing under 40% diversion target.
  • Electricity contracts set up for tunnels and surface works separately. GreenPower was included in the tunnel electricity contract, whilst omitted from the civil electricity agreements, resulting in 20% target not being met. Variation to be actioned by Q4 2021.
  • Renewable energy opportunities not fully explored during early works construction, meaning that several opportunities to implement solar lighting across the surface sites were missed.
Opportunities for improvement for 2021-2022
  • Incorporation of GreenPower in civil electricity contracts (currently 18%) and collaboration with parent companies to establish preferred electricity providers for future projects to explore the possibility of reduced rates for large consumption forecasts and the inclusion of 25% min. GreenPower.
  • Improve office waste performance (currently 21%).
  • Improve capturing of construction initiatives.
  • Obtain R2 Design Score.
  • Deliver Strategy for As-Built IS V1.2
  • Implement program to manage subcontractor/supplier sustainability performance for high-risk packages
  • Purchase carbon offsets (6%)