Know-How

Infrastructure ready for rapid change

The Future-Proof Infrastructure congress and expo held on 28 and 29 March 2023, will showcase the possibilities for infrastructure to improve in the face of global challenges such as climate change and financing.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in the economic development of communities, cities and countries, however, also sometimes to the detriment of environmental, social and governmental factors. Given today’s social and environmental challenges, the role of infrastructure is changing. It is being asked to foster sustainable transitions and reduce its impact on society whilst simultaneously supporting rapidly urbanising populations. With a massive global funding gap for required infrastructure, governments with already strained public budgets are tentative to invest in emerging infrastructure technology with long lead times and high investment requirements. Private capital might provide a solution to this funding shortfall although currently it is yet to be properly leveraged. So how can private capital be reconciled with public projects and its associated public benefits? 

 

Future-Proofed Infrastructure is more than preventing obsolescence 

Future proofing infrastructure is more than just ensuring sufficient capacity or structural longevity. With more being asked of infrastructure whilst investing less, infrastructure now needs to be adaptable to changing circumstances, including climate change, underpin sustainability and fundamentally remain financially viable, just to name a few examples. More dynamic infrastructure bears the potential to move from a reactive position to new requirements like sustainability, to shaping them. Transformation of existing infrastructure projects are already underway globally. This reaches from rejuvenating concrete canals into much needed public spaces to manage storm water runoff, to infra tech startups that boost data collection of existing infrastructure in order to maximise or improve existing infrastructure’s financials. 

In order to change infrastructure’s narrative and role in an everchanging world, there must be some serious structural changes in redefining the purpose of infrastructure. It must move away from a reductionist lens of rigid solutions independent of its sometimes unintended ESG consequences and, fundamentally properly analyse and disclose the costs and benefits in order to harness the power of capital markets. Dynamic infrastructure solutions combined with private equity, infrastructure could become adaptable, bankable, and certainly capable in addressing ESG matters.

 

What is FPI and how will it change the infrastructure game

GIB is bringing together some of the most innovative early-stage sustainability projects, the most forward-looking investors and other important thought leaders and stakeholders from private and public sector, politics, academia, and industry in Basel. Our goal? To create the accelerator for the ecosystem of Future-Proof Infrastructure together, spearheading systemic change through sustainable infrastructure finance.

The versatility and scope of Future-Proof Infrastructure is immense. Using a congress format with exhibitors, will provide a variety of stakeholders the chance to discover early stage projects and hear the hot topics of infrastructure with its related finance and technology. Topics will be discussed by keynote speakers, moderated panel sessions and spurred by pitches from sustainable infrastructure projects, carefully curated by GIB and its partners. The Future-Proof Infrastructure Congress and Expo will foster debate, knowledge sharing and be open to connection establishment between stakeholders and project developers to secure funding, technical suppliers or assistance and possibly decision making to advance sustainable infrastructure. 

 

Join us in Basel and be a part of shaping the future of Infrastructure on 28th and 29th March 2023. Register here now.