News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—May 2021

May 2021

Welcome to the May edition of Voices on Infrastructure, a recap of the seventh Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) Summit, held last month. This edition also introduces our recent report Capital Projects 5.0: Reimagining Capital Project Delivery.

More than 500 global leaders from across sectors convened April 6–8 to discuss the project of the future, exploring how infrastructure and capital projects must evolve to tackle emerging challenges and seize opportunities during a post-COVID-19 recovery. This group, representative of the $11.6 trillion global infrastructure industry, shared insights and perspectives on how to shape the future of the industry.

The 2021 Summit demonstrated an inflection point for the industry. While infrastructure investment continues to be seen as a driver for multiple outcomes, sustainability, decarbonization, digitization, social equity, and talent strategy have collectively moved to the top of the agenda. For a quick review of the best ideas, click here; you can also read a comprehensive account in the Recap Report.

Separate from the Summit, three GII roundtables were hosted in the first quarter, each on a central theme of the project of the future. At the Madrid roundtable, we addressed the new skill sets demanded by building capabilities in infrastructure. In London, our roundtable focused on reaching net-zero emissions in the UK's transportation sector. And in Dubai, we tackled improving project performance and predictability through collaboration. Recaps of each of these roundtables can be found by clicking on the links above.

Starting in June, we will migrate Voices to shorter, monthly editions to enable us to stay in more frequent contact with our audience. Our format of concise, actionable-themed insights will continue, but the increased cadence will give us the benefit of covering more themes from different sectors over the year. The June edition will focus on reimagining transit in a post-COVID-19 world, and July will focus on preparing for energy transition.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and we welcome your thoughts on how GII can continue to be a catalyst for driving meaningful change in the industry. If you have comments or would like to subscribe a colleague to Voices, please contact us at


Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative


Sustainable infrastructure is critical in reducing carbon emissions. More efficient design approaches, new technologies, and better benchmarking can help.

Lara Poloni, AECOM; Nick Smallwood, IPA and the Project Delivery Function of the UK government



It is necessary to implement a prioritized approach to protect urban residents, and the infrastructure that supports them, from climate risk.

Brodie Boland, Elizabeth Charchenko, and Shivika Sahdev, McKinsey & Company; Milag San Jose-Ballesteros, C40

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