The Business Case for Planning Sustainable Infrastructure: It Pays!


The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure current research on The Business Case focuses on the financial benefits of sustainable infrastructure. This research is geared to discuss the perspectives of all relevant stakeholders involved in infrastructure and better understand opportunities for collaborative action when developing, planning, designing and operating new projects.

Decision-makers need to identify and understand the financial benefits of sustainability. Applied research on the return on sustainable investments will be useful to stakeholders. It is widely known that sustainable projects avoid impacts, risks, costs and negative externalities, but these often are not measured and are not shared with public officials and taxpayers. Understanding the types of costs, risks, and the probability of risks allows stakeholders to deliver informed project that anticipate and withstand or adapt to these risks, minimizing their overall vulnerability. Through the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure, the Zofnass Program intends to articulate, in terms of productivity gains, how sustainable infrastructure contributes to social, business, and safety resilience.

The Zofnass Program considers crucial to follow a multidisciplinary approach that considers the perspective of all stakeholders involved in infrastructure projects on the financial benefits of sustainable infrastructure. More often than not, infrastructure projects are implemented through a heavily siloed approach, wherein there is no communication among different sectors. In addition, engineering is separate from finance and investment. Training and research programs exist for each sector, which do not communicate with each other. Uncoordinated efforts hamper collaboration and the implementation of best practices.

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