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Making infrastructure more sustainable: applying policy tools to create impact

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Date
31 May 2023
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Overview

Sustainable and resilient infrastructure is central to achieving today’s shared global development objectives as outlined in the SDGs, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the new Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

Well-functioning infrastructure across all sectors underpins human health and wellbeing, economic development, and societal and community resilience to shocks and disasters.

At the same time, the infrastructure that we’ve built and operate can have enormous negative environmental impacts, which will ultimately undermine development gains.

To better achieve service delivery with positive environmental outcomes, sustainability, and resilience must be integrated into the planning and delivery of infrastructure from the start. We must also find ways to strengthen the enabling environment.

This event will present the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure and the Enabling Better Infrastructure (EBI) guidance, and showcase how government officials, practitioners, and civil society officials from Egypt, Ghana, and Pakistan have used such tools to integrate sustainability concerns into long-term infrastructure planning processes at the country and regional levels. 

Keynote speakers will provide first-hand accounts of their approach to using available tools and what the benefits were, as well as the key lessons learned. This will help others to benefit from following similar approaches. 

This event is appropriate for all stakeholders involved in national or regional infrastructure decision-making processes. The objective is to facilitate information exchange and peer-to-peer learning to build the knowledge base to strengthen infrastructure planning and governance in practice. This forms an essential step toward realising inclusive, innovative, and impactful infrastructure systems.  

Event organised by ICE and UNEP.

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UNEP

UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme is responsible for coordinating responses to environmental issues within the United Nations system. It was established by Maurice Strong, its first director, after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in June 1972.

Speakers

Prof. Jim Hall

Prof. Jim Hall

ICE

senior vice president

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Prof. Jim Hall

An ICE Trustee, Jim Hall is internationally recognised for his research on risk analysis for water resource systems, flooding and coastal engineering, infrastructure systems and adaptations to climate change.

He is a commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission and member of the Council for Science and Technology, both of which provide independent expert advice to the UK government. He also served on the Climate Change Committee’s adaptation sub-committee in 2009-19.

Jim led the development of the national infrastructure systems model that was used for the ICE’s influential national needs assessment and for the UK’s first national infrastructure assessment.

He invented the UK Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure, which he continues to serve as the chair of its governance board.

Among various distinctions, Jim was awarded the ICE’s George Stephenson Medal in 2001 and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2018. He also contributed to the Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

John Seed CEng FICE

John Seed CEng FICE

Independent

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John Seed CEng FICE

John is the Partner Lead for the ERM Northern Europe Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory team. John has over 35 years’ experience of infrastructure delivery the last 20 of which have mainly involved private finance transaction advisory services. Advisory teams that John has built globally provide transaction due diligence and project preparation advisory services in the infrastructure and energy sectors.   

Prior to joining ERM, John worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as the head of the Sustainable Infrastructure Group Policy and Project Preparation Units. His team there provided upstream, mid-stream and downstream technical, procurement and advisory support for both public and private sector programmes and projects aligned to the banks sustainable infrastructure business. This involved support for over 100 project investments annually, worth in the order of EUR 4 billion.  

Before EBRD, John was Advisory Global Sector Leader at Mott MacDonald with responsibility for global infrastructure advisory business strategy and growth. He was also responsible for the drafting of several UK and international standard private finance and sustainability procedures and guidelines and was a board member of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) for six years. 

Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall

KPMG

Global Head of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, KPMG International

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Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall is the global head of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare at KPMG International. He is also an Enabling Better Infrastructure (EBI) Steering Group Member as well as IMPACT, which brings together expertise from across the globe focused on the issues that go to the heart of our planet's sustainability and our quality of life: Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), economic and social development, sustainable finance, climate change and decarbonisation, and the associated measurement, reporting and assurance.

He is also the global head of KPMG’s global infrastructure network which helps to connect the world, build prosperity, reduce poverty and create a sustainable quality of life. We advise stakeholders in every stage of the infrastructure lifecycle, from planning, strategy, procurement, finance and construction to asset management, operations, and divestment.

He cares deeply about these issues. As a leader of these networks, his aim is to support clients and communities in realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and thereby enable a better future for everyone, everywhere.

With more than 25-years of experience in infrastructure and transport, Richard has advised private and public sector clients on some of the world’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects. He is passionate about the benefits of the growing role of technology in infrastructure and in particular future mobility including electric and autonomous vehicles and mobility as a service.

Richard is a Fellow, Vice-President and Trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chair of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Urban Mobility, a member of the Infrastructure Board of the Confederation of British Industry and KPMG’s representative on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In addition, as Chair of the UK Infrastructure Forum Advisory Council, he helps bring together individuals with multiple perspectives to engage openly in sharing experiences and understanding how we can work together to drive better outcomes for society.

Javed Yunas Uppal

Javed Yunas Uppal

Punjab government

consultant

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Javed Yunas Uppal

Javed is a consultant in planning and development for the Punjab government. He is also a Chartered Engineer Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is also a senior member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His experience ranges from being the Chairman of Pakistan Foundation for the Advancement of Engineering and Technology to Chairman of Engineering Project Development Consultants, and Immediate Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Pakistan. 

Javed is also a member of the governing body of the Pakistan Engineering Council and a member of the board of directors at Punjab Power Development Company. He’s also a member of the Punjab Power Development Board. He is the author of over 50 publications and conference presentations at national and international level. In his spare time, he trains and motivates budding engineers, delivering workshops at the apprentice to top management levels, and promoting Rumi and Iqbal’s concept of sustainable development. Finally, Javed has conducted several conciliation and arbitration cases and has acted as an expert witness before NAB, High Courts, and the Supreme Court. 

Mark Radka

Mark Radka

UN environment programme

chief of the energy and climate branch

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Mark Radka

Mark has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of environmental policy and management, most of it with UNEP.  He has served as the Acting Deputy, as well as previously having fulfilled the functions of multiple management positions, in parallel, in the Division, over the past years, ad interim.   

Prior to that he served for several years in UNEP’s Asia and the Pacific Office, where he managed industrial environmental management projects throughout Asia.  Mark is particularly interested in technology transfer and the technology needs of developing countries and was a coordinating lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer.  

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