A Review of the Landscape of Guidance, Tools and Standards for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Guidance, tools and standards play a key role in the development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Stakeholders across the infrastructure lifecycle need them to better plan, finance, design, deliver, and operate and maintain their infrastructure assets and systems.

This paper set out to understand what resources already exist and where key gaps are, how what exists can be better utilised or promoted, and what actions should be taken to close the identified gaps. The catalogue of existing guidance, tools and standards for sustainable and resilient infrastructure used for the landscape analysis was crowdsourced from ICSI members.

This paper is an output of the Guidance, Tools and Standards Action Track and serves as a foundational resource for future work undertaken by ICSI.

Developing and Accelerating Procurement Practices to Enable Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

The procurement phase presents perhaps the most critical opportunity to deploy sustainable infrastructure; procurement processes that consider social, economic and environmental factors are able to drive sustainability across the infrastructure lifecycle.

ICSI’s Position Paper ‘A Review of the Landscape of Guidance, Tools and Standards for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure’ has identified that there is a lack of advice for implementing sustainable and resilient procurement practices across the whole infrastructure lifecycle. This short paper expands upon the identified gaps around procurement that were identified in this Position Paper to develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure. It then provides the potential use cases that have been identified to help embed procurement guidance, tools and standards. Finally, the paper puts forward several actions for ICSI to implement in order to address the identified gaps.

This paper is an output of the Guidance, Tools and Standards Action Track.

Green Recovery and Finance for Sustainable Infrastructure

This white paper addresses how public and private sector stakeholders can support the funding necessary to spur a green recovery by sufficiently funding the early stages of infrastructure project development (pre-development) to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Integrating sustainable infrastructure investments into government investments in infrastructure, especially with a specific focus on expected stimulus packages to mitigate the economic downturn from the Covid-19 pandemic, is key to building a sustainable and resilient future.

A key strategy to ensure sustainable outcomes from stimulus efforts and other planned infrastructure investments is to integrate pre-development funding for municipal, state and federal projects, as well as private sector project developers and multinational finance institutions.

This paper is an output of the Funding and Financing Action Track.