SAVi values the costs of risks and externalities, as well as the risks that can emerge from externalities over a project life cycle.

SAVi considers economic, social and environmental risks, among others. It then uses the costs of these risks to simulate how they affect the financial performance of infrastructure projects and portfolios across their life cycles. For example, how will the imposition of a carbon tax create unexpected costs for an infrastructure project underway? Or how will water shortages affect the financial attractiveness of a wastewater treatment plant six years down the line? SAVi can factor in what those costs could mean for the project, allowing policy-makers and investors to prepare accordingly.

SAVi also identifies and places a dollar value on the externalities that arise as a direct consequence of infrastructure projects. SAVi helps policy-makers and investors appreciate the wider, second-order gains and trade-offs of infrastructure investments, which may not otherwise be reflected in a traditional valuation. SAVi then shows how externalities today can transform into direct project risks tomorrow. This type of valuation helps stakeholders make decisions in favour of sustainable infrastructure.

For example, the construction of a new building or wind farm involves the creation of new jobs. The increased income of these workers means greater spending power that these workers can then channel into the local economy. This could in turn increase productivity and ultimately enhance GDP.

To provide robust analyses and meaningful comparisons, the SAVi simulations draw from partner- and project-specific data and complement it with internationally recognized data sets. We use open-source data, as well as data we have purchased or obtained via subscription services.