Zero time to spare

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There is a rapidly narrowing window of opportunity to limit warming to 1.5°C and secure a stable climate. 

Infrastructure plays an important and multifaceted role in the decarbonisation of economies and societies and climate resilient development. Infrastructure is comprised of facilities, services, and networks many of which play an essential role supporting the quality of life and wellbeing of our communities – such as water treatment and electricity. Infrastructure also enables trade and development, by facilitating the transport of goods and information. 

Infrastructure investors and operators can meaningfully contribute to global temperature goals across three pillars:

(1) asset-level transition that supports sectoral decarbonisation

(2) action to ensure a ‘just transition’ and

(3) collaboration with government, other investors, and operating firms to fill the net zero investment gap and to support healthy environmental and social systems.

A large part of the net zero transition involves replacing high emitting assets, production processes and products with low-emissions ones. But the ways in which infrastructure investors and operators can contribute to this vary. Some infrastructure needs to be phased out (such as coal-fired electricity generation) or repurposed. Some needs to expand significantly, such as renewable generation and grid firming infrastructure. And some, like transport infrastructure, needs to facilitate sectoral transformation – supporting the decarbonisation of the aviation, maritime, and inland transport sectors.

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Zachary May

Zak May is an Executive Director at IFM Investors, and is part of IFM’s global management team. Zak is responsible for developing and leading IFM’s public policy program and supporting the firm’s strategy to represent a distinct form of capital that delivers superior sustainable long-term investor returns in a manner that respects the environment, labour rights and the communities in which IFM’s assets operate.

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Ramona Meyricke

Ramona Meyricke is Director, Policy and Quantitative Research for IFM Investors, leading research and analysis supporting IFM’s thought leadership, policy advocacy and engagement and strategic initiatives on climate change, energy and infrastructure and pensions.

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