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- April 1, 2021: Vol. 14, Number 4

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A unique sustainability lens on infrastructure: The GLIO/GRESB ESG Index is the first specialist ESG index for infrastructure.

by Fraser Hughes and Matthew Brundle

Globally, the demand for investment in infrastructure is growing. This coincides with rapid urbanization and increasing climate risk, as well as increased demand from investors for more robust environmental, social and governance (ESG) information for managing risk and opportunities within their portfolios. Real estate investments have benefited from several reporting frameworks and guidelines, but until recently there has been an information gap for investors on the ESG performance of infrastructure assets.

The GRESB Infrastructure survey was first launched in 2016, five years after its real estate counterpart. It now provides a globally established tool to benchmark the ESG performance of infrastructure-asset portfolios. The survey allows participation from a wide variety of sectors, including utilities, transport, energy transportation and communication infrastructure, among others. The annual survey consists of individual asset assessments, which feed into a fund assessme

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