Infrastructure forms the backbone of the welfare and wellbeing we create and obtain as human beings. Without infrastructure, we wouldn’t have access to for instance water, electricity, internet, connectivity and healthcare.
However, not all of us have access to (high quality) infrastructure in the country or city we live in. If we strive to support the growing population to have access to their needs through better infrastructure (not always more), we should also understand the value infrastructure brings us, the consequences it brings to the environment and society, and the impact on our wellbeing and welfare. COVID-19 has shown the need for new measurement methods to better understand the trade-offs we can and need to make between wellbeing, health and the economy on the short and longer term. Without a common and holistic method to compare these, it can be difficult to make decisions for the greater good.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a good starting point on what we as a society are trying to achieve to make the world more sustainable. Infrastructure plays a key role in achieving these goals: the achievement of 75% of the SDGs depends on infrastructure. At the same time, asset developers, owners and operators are struggling to understand how assets impact society as a whole and are in need for better insights into the impacts infrastructure creates. Through a holistic measurement approach, in which we obtain a better understanding of societal value creation, decision-making can be supported and the path towards a sustainable future can be shaped better.