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5 reasons to root for Future-Proof Infrastructure

Infrastructure assets are the backbone of economies: roads, bridges, airports, power plants drive economic growth by supporting manufacturing, services, and trade. But the infrastructure sector also has major impacts on the environment and societies at large.

Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in future-proof, sustainable infrastructure:

  1. Governments and private investors could re-define our planet’s climate crisis by reducing the sector’s carbon impact. A UNOPS report (2021)[1] found that infrastructure is responsible for 79% of all GHG emissions. By supporting, sustainable infrastructure, you can help the global achievement of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.
  2. Investments in sustainable infrastructure assets help countries transition to a sustainable economy. Sustainable infrastructure development creates jobs, promotes the purchasing of local products and services, provides quality infrastructure whilst reducing GHG emissions and helps conserve and restore natural capital. This, in turn, can further prevent socio-economic conflicts – often connected to the depletion of natural resources, loss of biodiversity and climate-related hazards.
  3. Supporting the development of sustainable infrastructure ensures that our cities and countries become resilient. When infrastructure is hit and destroyed by climate-related events, human capital productivity is negatively affected; and, public and private resources are deviated to rebuild. In fact, UNOPS’s report (2021) found that the infrastructure sector accounts for 88% of all adaptation costs. Resilient infrastructures can serve, protect, and liberate resources for other development needs.
  4. Developing infrastructure that is sustainable, resilient and compatible with a net-zero future pushes us to be technologically innovative and efficient from the early stages of a project to the end of its life cycle. In this comprehensive approach, sustainability adds value to the entire infrastructure lifecycle.
  5. Sustainable infrastructure is not only good for the planet, but also good for profit margins. Financial and economic benefits can result from reduced use of materials, increased pollution prevention, lower carbon impact, payment for environmental services, and better labor and community relations – along with reduced reputational risks.

 

With the current climate warming and urbanization trends, developing more infrastructure alone is no longer an option. Join our group of pioneer developers, investors, government, and suppliers – and help us accelerate Future-Proof Infrastructure on 28 and 29 March 2023 in Basel. Register here.

[1] UNOPS, UNDP, University of Oxford (2021), Infrastructure for Climate Action, available here.