The evermore present impacts of climate change are increasing the need for a large-scale investment in the resilience infrastructure around the globe. All traditional sources of financing for these projects like government funding, international financial institutions, banking project financing and private funding present increasing limitations of the available resources. Making existing and new infrastructure projects resilient requires significant additional investments which must be justified and secured in competition with other priorities. Identifying the most appropriate funding approach or vehicle for resilient infrastructure projects will often determine the success or failure of the project. Against this background, this Symposium presents several emerging considerations that will advance the state of play in assessing financing options for climate-resilient infrastructure across key sectors.
Roger Feldman will introduce the financing options in the energy sector as it moves towards enhanced reliability and resilience. David Baxter will explain why public-private partnerships (PPPs), as a form of blended finance, are becoming the vehicle of choice for many infrastructure projects, both in the US and around the world. Vladimir Antikarov will build on these two presentations by articulating why Real Options Analysis (ROA) is a superior methodology for evaluating the financial aspects of resilient infrastructure projects. Ira Feldman will offer an update on emerging metrics and standards — from a range of policy, standardization and finance initiatives — that are already redefining how we think about the financing of resilient infrastructure.
Ira R. Feldman, J.D., M.Sci., president and senior counsel, greentrack strategies
Mr. Vladimir Antikarov, Founder & President, Verea Group
David Baxter, a leading international development consultant
Mr. Roger Feldman, Andrews Kurth