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.

ICSI Roundtable: What is the engineering community’s role in bridging the gaps on climate, sustainability, and resilience for infrastructure?

On 3 Nov 2021, ICSI hosted a roundtable discussion at the COP26 Wood House in Glasgow, focussing on issues at the heart of ICSI, and the engineering community’s role in bridging the gaps on climate, sustainability, and resilience for infrastructure. We brought together key stakeholders in the sector, including ICSI’s Board members, and invited members of the public to join us in exploring the topic at hand. 

This paper includes some key takeaways from the discussion as well as information on newly launched ICSI initiatives. 

Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) with the support of ASCE and Arcadis has developed an innovation framework for promotion of climate resilient and sustainable infrastructure. The team selected, evaluated and ranked innovative resilience and sustainability projects and programs from around the world by crafting a set of key criteria and values. ASCE’s future trends and forecasting analyses and input from an expert panel were utilized to determine key implications for civil engineering and urban communities at large. Implications of technological, societal, geopolitical, economic and environmental factors to our urban centers and natural systems were assessed and driving factors to achieve innovation in sustainable and resilient infrastructure were considered.

Using an initial set of progressive global city policy criteria, the team selected ICSI Innovation Champions, i.e. projects that are considered showcase works in the field of climate adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development. The highest-ranking projects encompass and integrate carbon-neutral or -positive developments that are bankable and contribute to social and equity implications. 

This paper is an output of the Innovation Action Track.