Summit Recap

Sustainable infrastructure: The best ideas from the 2022 GII Summit

Tokyo, October 19–21, 2022
Industry leaders gathered in Tokyo for the eighth Global Infrastructure Initiative Summit. Here are some of the best ideas across the energy transition, digital and analytics, workforce development, and more.

The pathway to sustainable infrastructure is neither straight nor short. But its successful navigation to reach net-zero emissions is the unrivaled business challenge of a generation of leaders.

Since 2012, the Global Infrastructure Initiative Summit has convened many of the world’s most senior leaders to connect and collaborate in pursuit of smart, resilient, and future-ready infrastructure. The eighth GII Summit took place in Tokyo, October 19–21, 2022, and focused on creating the pathway to sustainable infrastructure.

And indeed, the top of the CEO agenda is now unavoidably—and rightfully—dominated by sustainability. Meaningful strides in decarbonization, the energy transition, social equity, resilience, digital transformation, and talent acquisition will require bold commitments, matched by action and collaboration across the value chain.

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Best ideas

Decarbonization and the energy transition

  • Drive energy outcomes at an ecosystem level: combine carrots (incentives), sticks (regulation, taxes, carbon pricing) and tambourines (praising and supporting successes) to move the needle
  • Break ground now—the next 5–10 years are crucial, and going from brown to green is just as important as developing green infrastructure
  • Embed carbon and resilience into the time, quality, and cost equation
  • Establish a capital stack across the public and private sector, trading reduced risk for the private sector up front for outsized government returns later in the life cycle

Digital and analytics transformation

  • Radically reduce waste, then digitize processes via people-first design
  • Understand cybersecurity as a cost of doing business
  • Establish collaboration incentives—adopt common data standards, foster transparency, co-invest in tech
  • Protect the digital economy (and its expected growth) through physical asset investment—bring together tech, power generation, and fiber to drive upgrades and expansion

Leadership and workforce development

  • Reimagine the value proposition for the industry—promoting purpose, addressing hybrid vs onsite challenges head-on, and strengthening the role of apprenticeship
  • Access a more diverse talent base through nontraditional talent, sharing a version of the future earlier, and ensuring underrepresented populations can see themselves in leadership
  • Radically transform how work is done to increase quality and productivity—doing more, in different ways, with different capabilities

Project development and delivery

  • Put the team first: Collaboration, not contracts, delivers successful projects
  • Get serious on moving capital project delivery methodologies into the manufacturing age
  • Standardize the standardization process—international standards and shared operational best practices
  • Create responsibilities for project outcomes, not individual slices of the value chain
  • Courage: state and live by the ambition to deliver every project at technical limit cost and speed

Our GII partners

We partner with leading organizations that are equally committed to being at the forefront of shaping the global infrastructure agenda.

Leadership partners: ashurst, CDPQ, SpencerStuart, Trimble. Institutional partners: GIIA, JBIC. Media partner: Nikkei Asia
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Recent Summits

2021 GII / Montréal

April 6-8, 2021 – The 7th GII Summit convened leaders to prepare for the project of the future.

2020 GII / Virtual

June 10-11, 2020 – The 6th GII Summit virtually convened global industry leaders to share insights on how to reset amid the COVID-19 crisis.

2018 GII / London

Oct 29-31, 2018 – World leaders gathered in London to explore new solutions to global challenges in infrastructure and capital projects.

Past Summits

2015 GII / San Francisco

2014 GII / Rio de Janeiro

2012 GII / Istanbul

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