Strategic Policies for Sustainable Infrastructure


About the initiative

Sustainable infrastructure plays a crucial role in society and the economy. However, sustainable infrastructure is complex, long-term by nature, and involves numerous risks and stakeholders. The Directorate for Financial and Entreprise Affairs (DAF) is leading the Horizontal Project “Strategic Policies for Sustainable Infrastructure”, which brings together 17 teams across the organisation and agencies to provide a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary response to ensure infrastructure delivers its economic, environmental, social and development objectives.

The project is led by Deputy-Secretary General, Masamichi Kono, and managed by André Laboul, IPPFM Senior Counsellor, with support from the Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure team. The initiative aims to harness the wide range of OECD expertise and knowledge to provide guidance, good practices, data and analysis that can support policymakers in delivering key aspects of sustainable and quality infrastructure.

The main outputs of the initiative will be two forthcoming handbooks: a Compendium of Good Practices for Quality Infrastructure Investment, and a report on Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure, to be delivered in 2020.


 Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative

Five Pillars

The OECD has launched the Sustainable Infrastructure Policy Initiative to pilot the development of instruments, analysis and data related to sustainable infrastructure using expertise from 17 directorates and agencies across the organisation. This work will provide all stakeholders with credible evidence-based guidance and support for implementing sustainable sub-national, national, and international infrastructure investment. The initiative will act as a global platform for exchange between policy makers and stakeholders.

Topics of Work

Low Carbon transition

Ensuring infrastructure development supports the low-carbon transition.

Resilience and adaptation

Building infrastructure that is resilient against natural catastrophes and other risks, and adapted to changes in the climate.

Regional disparities

Using infrastructure development to address regional disparities and the rural-urban divide.

Mobilising finance

Mobilising public and private capital for sustainable infrastructure investment.

Governance and decision-making

Mobilising public and private capital for sustainable infrastructure investment

Technology and innovation

Supporting the development of digital infrastructure, and ensuring new digital technologies (IoT, AI, blockchain, 5G) contribute safely to improved access, efficiency, sustainability and financing of infrastructure services.

Inclusiveness and accessibility

Ensuring infrastructure benefits women and other groups including vulnerable people and marginalised communities.

See also:

Financing Infrastructure in APEC Economies: APEC/OECD Report on Selected Effective Approaches (2019)

Long-term Investment Project Update - June 2018

Survey of Large Pension Funds and Public Pension Reserve Funds

Breaking silos: Actions to develop infrastructure as an asset class and address the information gap

G20/OECD Guidance Note on Diversification of Financial Instruments for Infrastructure and SMEs | Support Note

G20-OECD High-level Principles of Long-term Investment Financing by Institutional Investors

G20-OECD work on long-term financing

OECD work on blockchain and distributed ledger technology




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