Comparing Sustainable Infrastructure Standards: Comparative study between the IFC Performance Standards, the Equator Principles and the Green, Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Indicators (GRIS) of the ADB, and the SuRe® Standard

Sustainable infrastructure is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and enabling infrastructure to support the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Standards can play a role in making infrastructure more sustainable, by encouraging best practices and helping investors or policy makers evaluate whether new or existing projects are sustainable. […]

Urban Climate Adaptation in Germany

Cities and towns have a significant role in mitigation of global carbon
emissions, while at the same time, they are particularly at risk
of the effects of a changing climate. Already today, climate change
and its impacts are affecting Germany’s urban areas, and they are
increasingly recognised as a global and local challenge not only by
politics, but also the German public. Increasing occurrence of hot
and dry summers, or heavy precipitation events are affecting human
health, the environment and biodiversity, forestry and agriculture,
as well as public and private infrastructure. The increased frequency
in the past years has also been raising public awareness. While cities
and towns have large potential to minimise their carbon footprint,
they also require targeted measures and urgent action to enhance
their resilience towards the impacts of climate change. In order to
identify potential vulnerabilities and identify measures according
their urgency for action, climate risk assessments are a tool to define
immediate priorities.1 Overall, climate change is not only affecting
the natural and built environment, but also human productivity
and thus economic activity in the country. Drought
periods are affecting farmers’ harvest, also increasing
their dependence on subsidies. Further, damages
inflicted by natural hazards on buildings and public
infrastructure have accounted for roughly 2.6 billion
Euro insurance cost in 2018.

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, […]

The New Leipzig Charter

The New Leipzig Charter, signed on November 30, 2020, provides a key policy framework document for sustainable urban development in Europe. The Charter highlights that cities need to establish integrated and sustainable urban development strategies and ensure their implementation for the city as a whole, from its functional areas to its neighborhoods. The Chinese translation […]

Financing instruments for green buildings

Limiting global warming to a maximum of 2 °C is essential if we are to preserve an environment worth living in and maintain prosperity and a functioning economic system. The investments needed to ensure that buildings are climate-neutral and energy-efficient far exceed public funding resources. Redirecting current financial flows is the only way to bring […]