Infrastructure investors have included ESG considerations in their project due diligence for some time. So How can governments leverage well advanced sustainability measurements to advance national objectives? The first step, for those who are not already familiar with the various standards, is to understand sustainability considerations including their strengths and limitations. To that end, Measuring Sustainability in Infrastructure Investment: A case study assessment of selected standards and tools provides a comprehensive assessment assessing the effectiveness of four prominently used ESG standards, applied to two real case studies. The selected standards are:

  1. Equater principles / IFC performance standards;
  2. Envision;
  3. UN Sustainable Development Goals; and
  4. Impact measurement and valuation.

The report provides insight on the relative strengths of each standard, applicability to different types of infrastructure and their use to manage risks associated with sustainability. 

Island jurisdictions keen to secure private sector financing of infrastructure assets, can use the standards as a springboard to:

  • Generating greater interest in island infrastructure projects which contribute to tangible improvements in sustainability.
  • Understanding commonly used global standards and connecting national sustainability ambitions on decarbonisation, social advancement, and economic sustainability. 
  • Soliciting leading-edge innovation and technology investment by private partners.

We hope the full report and executive summary help you to learn more about sustainability as it relates to infrastructure planning and investment.