Improving Infrastructure for our sustainable future

At KDG, we understand both the urgency and our responsibility to help our clients adapt and improve their infrastructure for the future. There is increasing and necessary pressure to reduce their carbon emissions and achieve net zero ambitions. At the same time, the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity to invest in green infrastructure and bring about lasting change.

Implementing these efforts requires cooperation on many levels – between individuals, local communities, local government organizations, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. As the owner’s representative KDG prides itself on developing deep communication systems that allow for all the interested parties to come together for the successful completion of a project.

Be part of the collaboration

We are excited to play our part in the global conversation about building a sustainable, inclusive future in this moment of action. The World Bank estimates that infrastructure construction and operations account for approximately 70 percent of global emissions. To win the battle on emissions reduction, the industry needs to change. We all know that the challenges of the climate crisis can only be overcome by working together.

At KDG we are focused on collaborating with like-minded governments, organizations and businesses who are prepared to do the work required to leave a positive, lasting impact on our communities and planet.

What are some of the key risks?

What we see as the highest risk trends across mature and emerging markets are:

  • Climate change
  • Natural disasters
  • Ageing infrastructure
  • Urbanization and population growth.

How can technology help?

Two technology trends that we have identified as having a great impact on industry are green energy sources and the Internet of Things, which will provide sensors and create smart infrastructure. This will provide data driven business decisions which will improve how we work together to improve our community infrastructure.

To achieve this ideal future, a transformation is needed in how the industry invests, designs and delivers infrastructure projects. The requirement is to tie quality infrastructure to economic, social, and environmental impact, which will enable funding of these infrastructure projects. The goal, of course, is to use data and technology so that we can achieve more results with less burden to our resources.

Over the coming months we will be addressing these in follow up papers.