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Crossing the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Investing

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

This summary was produced for the CSI Blog by Mercer
Thanks to Alex Bernhardt and Shounak Bagchi!

The world today is in dire need of sustainable infrastructure (SI), most notably in developing and emerging markets. As the global population continues to grow, the need for sustainable infrastructure grows with it. The New Climate Economy estimates that within the next 15 years the global requirement for new infrastructure assets will surpass US $90trillion (more than the current value of the current capital allocated towards all infrastructure projects).

Despite the growing attention and support for sustainable infrastructure projects, overall progress has been suboptimal. Current allocations and projected plans of investments still fall below the estimated $6 trillion per year needed to spur healthy economic development. Further, investors lack a formal approach to sustainable investing, many in the investment community require additional education on the topic, and those willing to make an allocation to this sector often have difficulty finding suitable opportunities.

To further understand what is happening on the ground, identify key barriers to investing, and propose possible funding gap solutions for SI the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) partnered with Mercer to engage in a multiphase project commissioned in November 2016. This paper further supplements Mercer’s previous research in Building a Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure to offer the reader granular details on the SI financing gap, testimonials from those in the investment community on participating in this space, and possible approaches to fully embed SI within the investment decision making process.

Learn more and download the full report!


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