Purpose of the Infrastructure Debt Industry Working Group
Mission-driven and investor-led, GRESB works in collaboration with the industry to provide key environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data on real asset investments to capital markets. GRESB offers a consistent framework to measure and compare ESG indicators and related performance metrics across global infrastructure funds and assets. Our Assessments measure sustainability transparency and performance based on self-reported data that is validated, scored and peer benchmarked. This approach allows investors to analyze their portfolios for ESG risks, opportunities and impacts and to engage with managers on their performance.
With sustainability becoming an increasingly important topic for the financial sector, there is a growing need for high quality, standardized and validated ESG data. This data is valuable for due diligence, monitoring and asset stewardship, but access to standardized comparable data is challenging. There is a need for a common framework that is understood and agreed upon by the industry.
The purpose of the Infrastructure Debt Industry Working Group (Infrastructure Debt IWG) is to determine how the GRESB approach to ESG data assessment, scoring, and benchmarking can be used to inform infrastructure debt providers in the same way it does infrastructure equity providers. GRESB’s Industry Working Groups (IWG) are an integral part of the Assessment evolution process, ensuring that we move forward together as an industry to address topics relevant to achieving our shared vision of sustainable real assets.
The majority of infrastructure lending takes place at the asset level. The Infrastructure Debt IWG will focus on the GRESB Infrastructure Asset Level Data. The Infrastructure Asset Assessment assesses ESG performance at the asset level for infrastructure asset operators, fund managers and investors that invest in infrastructure assets.
All participants receive a Scorecard with a summary of their sustainability performance. The Benchmark Report provides a more in-depth analysis of performance and the Portfolio Analysis Tool allows investors to compare their defined portfolio to any other subset within the GRESB database.
GRESB Infrastructure Asset Assessment
The GRESB Infrastructure Asset Assessment provides the basis for systematic reporting, objective scoring and peer benchmarking of ESG management and performance of infrastructure assets around the world. Both single and multi-asset operators can participate and the process leads to deep insights for investors, lenders, fund managers and asset operators.
The Assessment provides the information needed to assess efforts to maximize beneficial outputs, such as energy production, mobility, or access to clean water, while minimizing social and environmental impacts. Based on the Assessment, GRESB provides an overall GRESB Score for each participant as well as peer group comparisons that take into account sub-sector and location of the asset. For more information on the core aspects, sector coverage, and indicators, see here. Resources such as the Infrastructure Assessment Reference Guide, Asset Scoring Document, and Infrastructure Materiality Tool are all publicly available.
Composition of the Working Group
The Infrastructure Debt IWG is comprised of banks, insurance companies, and asset managers. Industry experts with relevant subject matter expertise are invited to help drive the development of the Working Group. Please contact us if you are interested in joining.
|Jemima Atkins||Allianz Global Investors|
|Emma Haight-Cheng||AMP Capital|
|Susannah Stock||Aviva Investors|
|Maximilian Kufer||AXA IM Real Assets|
|Karen Azoulay||BNP Paribas Asset Management|
|Will Devenney||Legal & General Investment Management|
|Dillon Anderiesz||Macquarie Group|
|Lisa Shaw||Vantage Infrastructure|