Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Sustainable Infrastructure Standards - "Building Back Better Together"?

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. GMT+2
Location
Berlin, Germany | Virtual
Sustainable Infrastructure Standards - "Building Back Better Together"?

About

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Elizabeth Losos, Senior Fellow, will moderate "Sustainable Infrastructure Standards - 'Building Back Better Together'?" as part of the Global Solutions Summit.

Promoting socially, economically and environmentally sustainable infrastructure is essential for “building back better”; it will be the enabler of a great transformation towards human well-being within planetary boundaries. Returns on investment should not only be assessed financially but should also serve people and keep the environment intact. Investors, including large investment firms and institutional investors, increasingly ask for transparency on non-financial impact. One way to incentivize sustainable infrastructure investments is to assess and monitor the sustainability aspects with labels or standards.

However, the fragmented landscape of standards hinders efforts to advance sustainable infrastructure efforts. To address this challenge, several independent initiatives are underway to develop a universal system that would provide more clarity and consistency. This panel will focus on two recently released frameworks: The Blue Dot Network (BDN) and FAST-Infra (Finance to Accelerate the Sustainable Transition-Infrastructure).

These initiatives have the potential be a game changer for the adoption of sustainable infrastructure across the globe. But what will be needed to ensure their success? Will the two initiatives leverage each other or might they conflict? What role can the G20 and G7 play to foster progress towards a common approach aimed at widespread sustainable infrastructure adoption.

This is a Zoom session. The room opens 3 minutes before the session start. Please note that the session will be recorded.

Speakers

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Roland de Marcellus, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Christian Deseglise, Head of Sustainable Finance & Investments, Global Banking & Markets, HSBC

Rowan Palmer, Lead, Sustainable Infrastructure Investment Team, Resources and Markets Branch, UN Environment Programme

Moderated by:
Elizabeth Losos, Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University