Sustainable Infrastructure

Relevance and Background

The Policy Initiative on Sustainable Infrastructure brings together EPF member think tanks with the objective of supporting effective, sustainable infrastructure policy-making in emerging economies.
Infrastructure is an essential component of economic development, poverty reduction and prosperity, especially in low and middle-income countries. An inadequate supply of transport, water and energy networks, a lack of basic health and sanitation infrastructure, and unsatisfactory communications networks all affect the well-being of millions of people. As such, sustainable infrastructure can be instrumental in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the past years, the EPF network has successfully helped to shift the global narrative from more infrastructure to sustainable infrastructure, defining sustainable development pathways that include parameters of human well-being, the environment and climate alongside GDP growth considerations.
In addition to shaping the global policy agenda in fora such as the G20 and its Engagement Groups, in particular the T20 think tank working groups, EPF is focusing on supporting the implementation of sustainable infrastructure solutions: to this end, the Policy Initiative is increasingly joining forces with private and financial sector stakeholders from the EMSD network.

How we work

Launched in 2015 during the annual EPF Think Week in Beijing, members of this Policy Initiative have meanwhile reconvened and broadened their scope with other stakeholders and initiatives during joint roundtables in Geneva in June 2016 or Berlin in March 2017. Currently the focus lies on tackling the implementation challenges.

1 Research and Analysis

Policy Paper:

Driving the Sustainable Infrastructure Agenda in Emerging Markets, 2018 (read more)

Global Value Chains as a Regional Integration Tool – The Case of the Renewables in South America, 2017 (read more)

Challenges and Opportunities in Evaluating Sustainable Infrastructure, 2017  (read more)

Renewable Energy and Multilateral Development Banks, 2017 (read more)


3 Implementation Initiatives

Challenge Fund Project:

Knowledge-Building on Sustainable Infrastructure in Emerging Economies (SAVi) with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (read more)

2 Policy Agenda Setting

Joint Workshop with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Sustainable Infrastructure (read more)

T20 Roundtable: “International Development Financing System for Inclusive Growth” (read more)

Indian Think Tank Dialogue on Rising Powers at BRICS Academic Forum (read more)

Panel Discussion “Driving the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure” and back-to-back Event at the T20 Summit in Berlin (read more)

Members of the Policy Initiative:

Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)
Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo A.C. (CIDAC)
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Brookings Institution
Initiatives for Sustainable Development (ISD)

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