Introduction: February 2022

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It’s now been several months since the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) concluded, and the path forward for the global infrastructure industry has continued to emerge and evolve. One thing is clear: COP26 reinforced the reality and severity of climate change and gave us a glimpse of the capital investments required in the years to come.

With this in mind, our February 2022 edition charts new approaches to capital project delivery, particularly those in pursuit of net-zero emissions. The global project delivery system has a critical role to play in limiting global warming to 1.5°C, yet significant challenges remain for asset owners, investors, and contractors alike. We attempt to tackle the questions around the need for and focus of sustainability benchmarks, upgrading the electric grid, and improving project delivery, among other topics.

Voices on Infrastructure: Charting new approaches to capital project delivery

Voices on Infrastructure: Charting new approaches to capital project delivery

Mark Reynolds, group chairman and chief executive of Mace Group, weighs in on how owners and contractors can help change how projects are delivered to meet climate targets. We talked with Emmanuel Jaclot, executive vice president and head of infrastructure for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), about how investors can help develop innovative solutions to accelerate the energy transition. Finally, our roundtable discussion with Tony Hansen, Focko Imhorst, Anna Moore, and Sebastian Reiter, which was hosted by McKinsey at COP26, focuses on decarbonizing the built environment.

This year promises to be filled with exciting and significant topics, and we’re thrilled to kick things off with such a substantive issue of diverse voices.

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