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.

The built environment—which includes everything from our roads, buildings, and bridges to other critical infrastructure—is essential to the world’s net-zero imperative. The construction value chain accounts for nearly a third of the world’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, including embodied and operational carbon. This means the industry will need to adopt greener materials and project delivery methods to reduce its impact on nature and avoid jeopardizing global climate goals.

Climate change and the energy transition are also creating new challenges and opportunities in the infrastructure value chain. In response, owners, investors, construction leaders, and operators are rethinking risk, resilience, and capabilities to thrive.

This issue of Voices coincides with our upcoming GII Summit, which centers on the relevant theme of creating a pathway to sustainable infrastructure. The Summit meets in Tokyo from October 19 to 21, and our final agenda and roster of speakers are now available. With more than 200 C-suite leaders from more than 30 countries set to join us in Japan, we are excited to engage in discussions, site visits, and problem-solving workshops to help our GII community scale solutions and ideas.

Following the Summit, we will host a roundtable in Washington, DC, on November 15, focused on creating the capacity to deliver infrastructure. More information on our recent and upcoming roundtables can be found on the GII website.

As for publishing, this is our final themed edition of Voices for the calendar year, and you will next hear from us at the year’s end with a special issue recapping our 2022 Summit in Tokyo.

As we look toward our 2023–24 cycle, we welcome your feedback on our events, publications, and industry initiatives. Is there a theme or idea you think is critical to discuss in Voices? Or is there a site visit we should highlight in the year to come? Let us know at info@giiconnect.com.

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