Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

April 1, 2021: Vol. 14, Number 4

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The COVID transition: What the pandemic has taught the infrastructure investors about doing business

It is rare in human history for the entire world to collectively fight against a common foe, such as we have experienced in the past 15 months with the COVID-19 pandemic. The ramifications will be felt into the future, long after humanity finally brings the virus to heel. It will reshape how the layers of civilization operate and cooperate, from international institutions, to nation states, industries, communities and households.


Brace yourselves

It’s been a year now since we produced our last live face-to-face event, our VIP Europe program, conducted at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain. One of our keynotes for that event was Chris Kutarna, an Oxford Adult Education scholar and professor and co-author of the bestselling nonfiction book, The Age of Discovery.


Natural gas: A bridge to responsible energy transition

With recent divestment announcements from the New York City pension fund and permit cancellations for the Keystone XL pipeline, we continue to see the drive toward a lower carbon future gain momentum. At this writing, some 125 countries, including half the G20, have now committed to achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050 — meaning that any carbon emissions would be balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. Relatedly


Black gold and green energy: How big oil is investing in the energy transition

As societies around the world make concerted moves to reconstruct and recover in the wake of COVID-19, the climate emergency remains front and center for policymakers, business leaders and investors. The impact of climate change on the environment has been dubbed the “ultimate negative externality” for humanity — a harmful development, which may adversely impact communities, households, and countries across the globe, regardless of their choice.


Global listed infrastructure report: Essential news and notes

The GLIO Index of infrastructure companies fell 1.4 percent in February, continuing the year on negative ground. On a positive note, all transportation (7 percent) gained in February. Railroads (6 percent), toll roads (6.3 percent), passenger rail (14.1 percent), airports (7.2 percent) and marine ports (4.7 percent). Energy transportation (3.7 percent) also finished ahead.


On the cusp of an infrastructure renaissance: A primer on U.S. infrastructure

Among President Biden’s top policy priorities is his pledge to invest in America’s infrastructure. In this, he is not very different from his predecessors. Besides the immediate employment and income gains that politicians like to focus on, well-conceived and well-executed infrastructure investments boost the growth of economic capacity, compounding year after year, potentially paying for themselves many times over.

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