News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—September 2021

September 2021

Welcome to the September edition of Voices on Infrastructure, which is focused on meeting infrastructure’s climate challenge.

At the 2021 GII Summit in April, it was evident that sustainability—decarbonization, the energy transition, social equity, and resilience—has moved to the top of the CEO agenda. To solve these challenging issues, bold commitments and strong collaboration across sectors, geographies, and the full value chain will be essential. As highlighted by global leaders in this short video, those organizations that step up their game now will be better prepared to confront future challenges and contribute to building a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive world. This edition of Voices shares perspectives on how to get started.   

Consistent with this month’s theme, we have scheduled our first two roundtables for Q3 and Q4. On September 15, we hosted a virtual roundtable on charting net-zero emissions in transport. On October 19, we will host a roundtable on future-proofing transport infrastructure. We will also be co-hosting two sessions on sustainable cities and decarbonizing the construction value chain as part of our virtual event series at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Over the coming months, we will confirm more roundtables, and you can find details on our roundtable page.

We are also excited to announce that our eighth GII Summit will take place in Tokyo on October 19–21, 2022. Further details can be found on our website, and invitations will be sent out in November.    

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


Jonathan Woetzel and Shivika Sahdev, McKinsey & Company


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



Quickly delivering capital projects will be key in fighting climate change. Doing so requires capital-sustainability metrics that apply across industries and sectors.

Ruth Heuss, Tip Huizenga, Mark Kuvshinikov, and Prakash Parbhoo, McKinsey & Company


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