Oshani Perera and Georg Pallaske from the IISD Sustainable Infrastructure programme will be speaking on Thursday March 5, 2020, during a webinar run by Urban Nature Labs. The webinar, scheduled for 10-11 AM CET, will be devoted to the subject of financing nature-based infrastructure, and is part of the “Buddies” series organized by Urban Nature Labs. Perera will be discussing... Read more »
SAVi has been developed for various assets, including materials management. A 100-page in-depth review of the sector was released in 2020 and covers shortcomings that could arise from not addressing unregulated or poorly designed materials management systems. It also presents the advantages of circular economy approaches and how circularity can improve the financial attractiveness of projects and policies.
The review also provides examples and data on the positive and negative externalities of materials management. These can be used to quantify a broad range of impacts.
This in-depth review is actively used by IISD and its partners to create customized simulation models that ‘integrate’ knowledge from a wide range of disciplines to calculate:
a) the economic costs and benefits of projects and policies.
b) project finance indicators, such as internal rate of return and net present value on project and portfolios.
These simulation models can also be used to calculate the investment attractiveness and the societal value of projects and policies in materials management.
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The SAVi team was invited to attend the kick-off event of the Solutions Lab on “Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure” in Berlin in late November. This Solutions Lab is hosted by the Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues http://www.emsdialogues.org/ of GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) and the Global Solutions Initiative https://www.global-solutions-initiative.org/. The Lab lasts for several months and combines a... Read more »
As a member of the OECD Working Party of Leading Procurement Practitioners, we presented and debated on SAVi analyses at the 2019 OECD Public Procurement Week in Paris, France, which was held from October 22-25, 2019. The presentation featured a discussion on the costs of climate risks, based on examples such as the SAVi analyses on... Read more »
SAVi was featured during a presentation at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) meeting on “Living within our planetary limits,” held from October 17-18, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. The UNESCAP meeting included a discussion of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020. Participants from finance ministries... Read more »
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) organized an event about financing nature-based infrastructure on October 11, 2019, as part of the Building Bridges Week event series in Geneva. Among other topics, the panel discussed the role of catastrophe bonds, resilience bonds, tax increment financing and sustainability impact bonds in financing nature-based assets. The importance... Read more »
IISD is working with the University of Geneva to develop a SAVi model for sustainable mobility in Switzerland. SAVi assessments in this sector will focus on the impact of hydrogen and battery technology in comparison with fossil fuel-based mobility. More news will be coming soon.
The SAVi assessment on the restoration value of Beira Lake was recently finalized and results were presented to the client, Indocean Developers (Pvt) Ltd. The client is the developer of the Altair real estate project in Colombo, Sri Lanka, built on the shores of the Beira Lake. The client is currently using the SAVi assessment... Read more »
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is pleased to join the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) to work on financing strategies for natural capital. “By joining the NCC, IISD is able to collaborate with pioneers in natural capital conservation and finance,” says Oshani Perera, Director, Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance, IISD. “We can experiment and... Read more »
IISD participated in a workshop hosted by Wetlands International on strategies for engagement with the private sector in relation to the protection of the Saloum Delta. The Saloum Delta is one of Senegal’s most important wetlands and has been designed as a UNESCO protected site. It is also a valuable economic resource for local communities.... Read more »
IISD works with the Bureau Opérationnel de Suivi (BOS) of the Senegalese Government to use SAVi on the Taïba Ndiaye wind farm project and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, a sustainable mobility project for the city of Dakar. IISD presented the results of the SAVi assessments during a workshop in Dakar in June. The... Read more »
IISD is participating in an expert group meeting on the elaboration of a model to audit the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is being hosted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from July 24 to 26, 2019, in New York. We will discuss and review principles and... Read more »
Mining can do more than create wealth: it can benefit entire countries. For this to be a reality, however, mining projects must be undertaken in a sustainable manner which take into account social, environmental, and economic realities. This is why we launched a call for proposals for civil society organizations to put forward projects for... Read more »