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Decarbonizing the built environment

In this issue of Voices, leaders offer perspectives about how best to decarbonize our built environment and erect a sustainable future.

Inside this edition


Introduction: October 2022

– Building a sustainable future will depend upon the buildings themselves being built and operated sustainably.

News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative: October 2022

– Welcome to the October 2022 edition of Voices on Infrastructure, which focuses on decarbonizing the built environment.

Sustainable spaces for work, rest, and play: Climate resilient capital projects

– McKinsey partner Brodie Boland speaks with Alex Guy, partner at the international law firm Ashurst, about how climate risk and... resilience can be built into capital projects.

Reducing embodied carbon in new construction

– Three-quarters of the $9.2 trillion in infrastructure spending needed per year until 2050 will go toward new construction—offering... opportunities to fight climate change by reducing embodied emissions.

The art of the possible: An interview with leaders from Scottish Water

– Many organizations have made decarbonization commitments, but meeting those goals is a different story. Gordon Reid and Mark Williams... from Scottish Water share their insights.

On the path to net-zero steel in building and construction

– Rising demand for greener approaches creates an imperative for the industry to seize the moment, adopt new mindsets, and set standards... for the transition to a greener future.

Investing in pathways to decarbonize infrastructure

– The net-zero transition requires a deep understanding of emissions drivers by asset class, opportunities specific to each asset,... and the development and rigid execution of decarbonization options.

Preparing for tomorrow: An interview with Tariq Taherbhai

– As economies, climate, and technologies change, so does the construction industry. Tariq Taherbhai of Aon explains today’s... most pressing risks.

Doing good demands doing better: Delivering net-zero capital projects

– A net-zero project management framework aligns project performance with current trends in asset valuation and energy transition... goals.

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Embracing technology & sustainability in freight transport

Developing the solutions needed to tackle decarbonization in freight transport will require innovation and fundamental change.
June 2022

Building resilient infrastructure supply chains

Navigating the net-zero transition will require the construction industry to not only grow its workforce but also attract and... develop new talent.
April 2022

Reimagining engineering and project development to meet net-zero targets

Our April 2022 edition explores how companies on the cutting edge of engineering and project development are navigating the transition.
February 2022

Charting new approaches to capital project delivery

Welcome to the February 2022 edition of Voices on Infrastructure, which explores what it will take to successfully scale... up the delivery of capital projects to meet net-zero targets.
December 2021

Improving project development and delivery

Welcome to the December edition of Voices on Infrastructure, tackling how we improve project development and delivery... at this critical juncture.
October 2021

Scaling EV infrastructure to meet net-zero targets

Welcome to the October edition of Voices on Infrastructure, where we explore what it will take to scale electric-vehicle... (EV) infrastructure to meet net-zero targets. In service of this goal, it has never been more important to expand the availability of publicly accessible EV chargers and accelerate the production of high-quality, cost-efficient, low-carbon batteries.
September 2021

Meeting the sustainable infrastructure challenge

Welcome to the September 2021 issue of Voices on Infrastructure, a collection of insights on how infrastructure can help... address the climate-change challenge.
July 2021

Preparing for energy transition in infrastructure

This issue shares perspectives on what it will take to dramatically reduce carbon emissions in the built environment and how to... accelerate the energy transition.
June 2021

Reimagining transit in a post-COVID world

This edition of Voices shares perspectives on reshaping the industry for the next normal, including technology platforms, changing... customer preferences, sustainability, and ways to win ridership.
May 2021

2021 GII Summit: Project of the future

This report recaps the best ideas of the 2021 GII Summit and shares the voices and perspectives of leaders from across geographies... and sectors.
January 2021

Restarting economies with infrastructure investment

Infrastructure investment is an important tool to support growth, create jobs, propel economic recovery, and position our economies... for sustainable growth.

Past editions

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