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As the world seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, private investors have a considerable role to play in building back better.
Investing in sustainable infrastructure is widely acknowledged as key to driving a global green recovery, but the role of public and private capital in transitioning the existing asset base has received far less attention. What implications Net Zero will have for existing assets and investment strategies remains largely unclear, both in the UK and internationally.
Transitioning operational infrastructure – where private capital is heavily invested – needs a renewed focus for a sustainable recovery and to deliver Net Zero. Drawing on practitioner interviews and case studies, the report unpacks the implications of Net Zero for infrastructure investors and how they should respond ahead of COP26.
Critically, the report calls for closer collaboration through the ESG Leaders Forum with sector regulators and policymakers to overcome key barriers facing investors; and to accelerate progress, manage climate risk, and capture the opportunities of a green recovery.
The event featured an opening address from Sir Roger Gifford and Dr MA Jun, co-chairs of the UK-China Green Finance Centre, and a discussion panel moderated by Rongrong Huo, Executive Director of Ninety One. Speakers from global infrastructure advisory and asset management firms offered insights including:
The report forms part of existing work under the UK-China Green Finance Centre, and builds on the recently launched report ‘Resilience: Lessons to Scale Responsible Investing’
The recording of the webinar can be viewed below:
The report and event are funded under the UK Government’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (PACT) programme.