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Our experts help governments realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset, and not simply at the point of purchase. 

Governments spend between 12 and 30 per cent of their GDP buying goods, services and infrastructure. Our focus is helping policy-makers and public procurers achieve transformational change through positing their large and long-term spending power as a trigger for scaling-up industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer. We do this by strengthening legal and regulatory provisions on value for money across an asset's life cycle; incorporating environmental and social criteria into the procurement cycle; and providing quantitative evidence on the multiple financial, economic, social and environmental gains that can be realized through sustainable public procurement.

  • Policy Brief
    Biodiversity and Infrastructure: A better nexus?

    Biodiversity and Infrastructure: A better nexus?

    In this brief, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provide initial policy guidance for parties to consider prior to COP 14 in Egypt on how biodiversity mainstreaming can be reconciled with the infrastructure sector. 

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  • Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Water infrastructure

    Technical background document for the Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool of IISD (SAVi) for water infrastructure.

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  • Data brief
    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Roads

    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Roads

    Technical background document for the Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool of IISD (SAVi) for road infrastructure.

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  • Data brief
    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Energy infrastructure

    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Energy infrastructure

    Technical background document for the Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool of IISD (SAVi) for energy infrastructure.

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  • Data brief
    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Buildings

    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Buildings

    Technical background document for the Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool of IISD (SAVi) for buildings.

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  • Briefing Note
    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    This article explores distributed water harvesting, a climate change adaptation strategy that can offer the co-benefit of enhancing ecosystem services.

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  • Briefing Note
    How Green Public Procurement Became a Crucial Pillar for Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Strategy

    How Green Public Procurement Became a Crucial Pillar for Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Strategy

    The Government of Bhutan has embraced the value of green public procurement (GPP) and is setting an example for other countries of how to leverage the power of the public purse to advance sustainable development. IISD led the GPP in Bhutan (GPPB) project and is proud to have contributed to this transformation.

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  • Brochure
    Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool brochure

    Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool brochure

    This brochure highlights IISD's Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool, which helps governments assess the finanical impact of climate and other environmental, social, ecnomic and governance risks on infrastructure.

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  • Blog
    Behind the Scenes of the G20: a Substantive Process Leads to a Significant Statement

    Behind the Scenes of the G20: a Substantive Process Leads to a Significant Statement

    After months of working behind the scenes to help develop recommendations for G20 leaders, I can tell you that it is a substantive process that led to a significant statement.

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  • Blog
    How to Implement Strategic, Smart, Sustainable Public Procurement

    How to Implement Strategic, Smart, Sustainable Public Procurement

    Public procurement is “not a back-office function anymore, but a crucial pillar for delivering government services, and a strategic one for tackling climate change.” 

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