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Building a Sustainable Future: How the Application of Standards for Sustainable Infrastructure Improves ESG Performance: A Review of Five Infrastructure Projects Assessed using SuRe ® Standard Criteria

The goal of this Impact Report is to highlight to stakeholders (infrastructure financiers, infrastructure project developers, public procurers and donors) the tangible and replicable benefits that result from the adoption of sustainable infrastructure standards. ICLEI South Asia and ICLEI East Asia secretariats have partnered to jointly deliver this impact report.

The large variety of projects, locations, development stages and stakeholders presented in this report, supports the key focus area of the SIA, by promoting the utilization of international standards for sustainable and resilient infrastructure and creating a positive and measurable impact for all stakeholders involved. This report highlights the positive impact of ESG performance assessment at all stages of the project life cycle from design and planning, over contracting and construction to operation and decommissioning. The impacts are related to the Environmental-Society-Governance criteria of the SuRe® Standard, which you can explore via the website We hope you find the information in this short document useful to understanding the role of standards in promoting sustainable infrastructure in Asia and worldwide, and invite you to contact the authors at any time with questions or feedback.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Alliance (SIA) is a Strategic Alliance (STA) between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and ecos AG/Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB) together with SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co., Ltd. (SGS), true&, and TÜV NORD Indonesia. This partnership aims to create a market for sustainable infrastructure standards based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in China, India and Indonesia. The STA has been approved by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the context of the program.