The role of infrastructure in the route to net-zero

The 3rd annual ESG & Sustainability Forum will bring together more than 200 delegates from across the infrastructure asset class. Join the Forum to discuss the role of infrastructure in the route to net-zero and to explore what the future looks like for the asset class.


Infrastructure Investor - advance your fundraising

Advance your fundraising

Connect with a global audience of investors with an interest in sustainability and showcase your ESG credentials. Benefit from focused networking with the right people.

Gain peer-to-peer insights

Hear how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement, discuss how you can work with management teams to drive the sustainability agenda, address human rights within a portfolio of investments and much more.

Infrastructure Investor New York Forum - build your network

Save time building your network

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with infrastructure’s elite at the event and on our sophisticated networking platform.

One Summit. Seven Forums.

The ESG & Sustainability Forum is part of the industry leading Infrastructure Investor Global Summit. Taking place across four days, the Summit has something to offer everyone involved in infrastructure.

Global Investor Forum

The private infrastructure industry’s annual general meeting

Emerging Markets Forum

Scaling emerging market investment in a post-pandemic world

Social Infrastructure Forum

Investing in assets which provide essential services

Energy Transition Forum

The future of energy

Digital Infrastructure Forum

Building the inclusive digital economy of the future

Infrastructure Debt Forum

From pandemic-resilience towards sustainable growth

Sponsorship opportunities

The Infrastructure Investor Global Summit offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for infrastructure investment professionals.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Alexander Jakes,, +44 (0)203 862 7498


Day 1
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Day 1 - Monday 18th

ESG & Sustainability Forum
08:45 - 08:50

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor

08:50 - 09:00

Welcome from the chair

09:00 - 09:25

State of ESG: Where are we now?

PRI & GRESB joint presentation referencing GRESB results as well as latest work of the PRI in infrastructure

09:25 - 09:40

Keynote Speech: what to expect from Glasgow and how will it impact private markets

09:40 - 10:15

Net-zero asset owners: how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement

  • What is the net zero asset managers alliance?
  • How are asset owners getting to net zero? Is capital allocation being impacted?
  • How are LPs assessing managers on commitment to net zero?
  • Priorities for the next five years asset owners
10:15 - 11:00

What will moving to net zero mean for infrastructure?

  • Will certain sectors of infrastructure become unacceptable to invest in?
  • Where to start? Practical tips for a decarbonisation roadmap
  • How are investors committing to net-zero? To what extent is pressure being put on managers?
  • How managers/investors/assets can collaborate effectively on net-zero goals
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
11:30 - 12:15

How investors and managers can work with management teams to drive the sustainability agenda

  • Engaging management teams with other competing priorities
  • Incentivising management of assets with sustainability based KPIs
  • Making data useful for investors and value creation
  • How to show the value of ESG work to other stakeholders
12:15 - 13:00

Regulatory update and what it means for investors in infrastructure

  • Latest on the higher-level platform on sustainable finance
  • Where are we with the EU taxonomy?
  • What’s coming next in Europe and globally? How should global managers
  • The importance on collaboraton to develop joint taxonomies and standards
13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch with Emerging Markets & Social Infrastructure Forums

ESG & Sustainability Forum
14:00 - 14:30

Sustainability in digital infrastructure investments

  • Outlining the sustainability concerns linked to digital investments
  • Determining the sustainability of digital assets such as data centres
  • Considering the positive social impact of digital investments
  • Infratech and how infrastructure investment could be redefined by sustainability
14:30 - 15:00

Addressing human rights within a portfolio of investments

  • Defining what is meant by human rights in the context of infrastructure investing
  • Balancing human rights with environmental challenges investors face
  • Managing complex supply chains for technologies involved in the energy transition
  • Social issues linked to labour policies, economic displacement etc, and dealing with them as they occur
  • Considering regulatory changes particularly the social taxonomy
15:00 - 15:30

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
15:30 - 16:00

Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver

  • Getting buy-in from the investment team, how are the heads of ESG working with the deal partners?
  • Working with assets to create value through ESG
  • Justifying significant effort and investment in long-term issues
  • Examples of work on ESG adding to multiple paid at exit
16:00 - 16:30

Investor and Manager Scenario Session: Deal or No Deal

The session will highlight the increased role of ESG in due diligence. A fund manager and an institutional investor will discuss a hypothetical investment opportunity with ESG issues. They will ask the questions they would ask in a real investment situation with specific infrastructure assets and reflect on the ESG risk of the investment. The audience will then be given the opportunity to quiz the presenters on their decisions and decide whether they would themselves invest.

16:30 - 17:05

Networking Roundtables

  • Biodiversity
  • Energy Transition
  • Impact Investing
  • Practical approaches for diversity
  • Circular Economy
  • The just transition
  • Human rights/modern slavery
17:05 - 17:15

Closing comments from the chair

Opening Keynote of the Global Summit
17:15 - 18:00

Keynote speech

All three forums convene in the Ballroom for the opening keynote of the Global Summit

Followed by Q&A with the audience