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To close the infrastructure gap in a sustainable recovery, we need more greenfield infrastructure, with environmental sustainability at its core. This requires innovative funding models and public-private partnerships (PPPs), particularly in emerging economies where private investors are more reluctant to invest and greenfield infrastructure need is greatest.
The recording is now available for the GI Hub and International Finance Corporation (IFC) webinar ‘Infrastructure for the recovery: Innovation for de-risking greenfield investment’, the third in the series New Deals: Funding solutions for the future of infrastructure.
The infrastructure sector needs to make a fundamental shift from built solutions that address singular problems to those that address multiple transformative outcomes.
The Solomon Islands National Development Strategy 2016–2035 called for greater use of renewable energy generation in the medium term, to service both urban and rural demand. It also called for opening the market to independent power providers.
The pandemic increased inequalities among vulnerable people and highlighted gaps in access to financing and services in every country. Simultaneously, the climate crisis is still at ‘code red’. From every vantage point, it is clear that we need to get the most possible out of the unprecedented level of infrastructure as a stimulus.
India's infrastructure needed substantial investment to fulfill the demands of the growing economy. The Indian government introduced various initiatives to demonstrate domestic confidence to foreign investors, including Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) as an avenue for infrastructure developers to divest operational projects and reduce their leverage.
The Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro project is the first pumped hydro energy storage scheme globally to be developed in an abandoned gold mine. The giant battery located in Kidston, Far-North Queensland will pump water uphill when energy is abundant during off peak periods and releasing it to create power in times of peak demand. The Kidston project is supported by NAIF’s 15-year concessional loan of AUD610m (USD475 million) - debt finance. Genex will provide AUD120 million (USD93 million), including AUD25 million (USD19.5 million) investment by J-Power -equity finance.
The 300MV Victorian Big Battery is currently to be Australia’s largest lithium-ion battery which assists in providing critical grid support services, reducing wholesale power costs for consumers and assisting in the transition to renewable energy in Victoria, Australia. It utilises the System Integrity Protection Scheme (SIPS) which increases import capacity to Victoria by up to 250 MW, reducing the likelihood of unserved energy (USE) from high impact, low probability (HILP) events during summer periods.
After 99% of Queensland was declared a natural disaster zone due to the cumulative effects of Cyclone Yasi and widespread flooding, the Australian Federal Government imposed a one-off levy to finance AUD1.8 billion to rebuild infrastructure.
The rapid growth in Indonesia’s urban areas required a rapid scale up in infrastructure investment. The Government of Indonesia set up Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF) as a state-owned enterprise (SOE) to leverage private investments in infrastructure projects by providing government guarantees or credit enhancements to PPP projects.
The Contracts for Difference (CfD) were introduced as part of the UK's Electricity Market Reform to incentivise investment in secure, low-carbon electricity, improve the security of the UK’s electricity supply, and improve affordability for consumers.
New legislation helped enable construction of the Tsukuba Express Line for fast travel between central Tokyo and the nation’s largest research hub.
As the government of Saudi Arabia aimed to rapidly diversify its economy away from oil, there was an increased focus on sustainable strategies and growth of Islamic capital markets. With its Green Sukuk Framework, Saudi Electricity Company raised USD1.3 billion for low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure.
To help transition to a low-carbon green economy, China announced plans to grow a corporate green bond market, establishing pilot zones in five provinces and autonomous regions to inform national green finance policies.
The Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) was created in 2012 to provide focus and leadership to build a pipeline of executable public-private partnership projects to meet Chicago’s infrastructure needs, drive economic development, and create jobs.
Singapore's SolarNova program is a whole-of-government effort to accelerate the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The government took the lead in rolling out the rooftop PV systems across public housing and government buildings in collaboration with solar developers.
The Canadian Government established a national infrastructure bank to help attract private sector investors and institutional investmet in infrastructure projects in Canada that will generate revenue and are in the public interest.
The Pensions Infrastructure Platform was developed to facilitate long-term investment in UK infrastructure by pension schemes. It was established by UK pension schemes to operate and invest for pension schemes. It allows pension schemes of all sizes to invest in national infrastructure projects by pooling resources into a single investment fund.
Australia’s national government introduced policy to incentivise asset recycling / capital recycling by state-level governments, offering up to 15% of the sale or lease proceeds of asset privatisations for re-investment in infrastructure projects. Since 2014, the State of New South Wales has raised AUD32.7 billion through asset recycling.