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Why Blended Finance Can Narrow the Asean Infrastructure Gap

The Asset  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. June 2020

Despite infrastructure development being the bedrock for several governments in Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), infrastructure projects are still not getting the financing they need. This situation is much more pressing when it comes to supporting sustainable infrastructure such as renewable energy, with countries wanting to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). In a paper entitled, Bridging the Gap: Funding of Sustainable Infrastructure in Asean, the council says blended finance, which involves the participation of public…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Logistics

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. June 2020

Logistics firms, which are involved in the movement, storage, and flow of goods, have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As an integral part of value chains, both within and across international borders, logistics firms facilitate trade and commerce and help businesses get their products to customers. Supply chain disruptions to the sector caused by the pandemic could, therefore, impact competitiveness, economic growth, and job creation. International Finance Corporation | The Impact of COVID-19 on Logistics

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Impact of COVID-19 on the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Sector in Asia: Outlook Remains Robust for the Infrastructure Sector

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
12. June 2020

COVID-19 has caused disruptions in every sector imaginable and it has not spared the infrastructure construction sector. Anecdotally, there are many reports of delays in infrastructure projects, due to supply chain disruptions and low mobility among workers. This note analyses the infrastructure sector via the lens of major engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors that are actively involved in infrastructure projects in Asia. By tracking more recent data of 24 such contractors, it is possible to get insights into the…

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Asia and the Pacific Renewable Energy Status Report

REN21 Renewables Now  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
12. June 2020

This report provides a comprehensive overview of renewable energy developments in Asia and the Pacific by examining the policy landscape, investment flows, and how renewables are increasing energy access. It covers 18 countries in the region considered fundamental to the clean energy transition. REN21 Renewables Now | Asia and the Pacific Renewable Energy Status Report

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A Green Investment Architecture for India: Building a Bridge for Global Capital

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
12. June 2020

The Indian government estimates that the country needs to spend 7-8 percent of its GDP on green infrastructure each year, an annual investment of USD 200 billion up to 2030. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates for climate-smart investment are even higher, at USD 3.1 trillion up to 2030, which implies an annual investment of USD 300 billion. Currently, infrastructure investments in India average around USD 100-110 billion annually, far below what is required. While the government has released a…

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COVID-19 and Sustainable Mobility – Early Observations and Documentation

Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. June 2020

When the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic became an international challenge at the beginning of March 2020, we very quickly realized that the impact on the transport sector would be enormous. The paper concentrates on urban mobility, looks at the COVID-19 crisis itself, measures taken by cities and the respective potential effects. It does not claim to be exhaustive or balanced, but focuses closely on sustainable mobility solutions, such as public transport, cycling and walking, shared mobility and public space…

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Investing in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure – Principles for Recovery

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. June 2020

Investments in sustainable infrastructure will be key for building more resilient societies after the COVID-19 pandemic while also creating millions of jobs. These 10 principles provide a framework for decision-making on infrastructure spending for post-COVID-19 recovery and stimulus packages. They cover a range of important considerations, including SDG alignment, systems-level planning, employment creation, social and natural infrastructure integration, biodiversity and human rights impacts, and transparency and consultative processes. Green Growth Knowledge Platform | Investing in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure - Principles…

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New Global Infrastructure Hub Report Examines the Potential for Future Disruption

Global Infrastructure Hub  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. June 2020

The Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) has announced the launch of its new report Infrastructure Futures: The impact of megatrends on the infrastructure industry. The report, produced in partnership with the World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group, identifies the top 25 megatrends affecting infrastructure globally. Drawing on the experience of infrastructure experts, they surveyed more than 400 industry leaders in order to identify these megatrends and the impact they are likely to have on infrastructure development through to 2050.…

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