About the Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator

The development of sustainable infrastructure is recognized by policy makers globally as key to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the targets of the Paris Agreement. At the same time, the public and private sector still struggle to build and operate infrastructure that meets the four dimensions of sustainability: economic and financial, environmental, social and institutional. Increasingly, this problem goes back to an information gap regarding existing sustainability solutions. To provide stakeholders with adequate information, more and more tools applicable to different infrastructure sectors and different phases along the infrastructure lifecycle have been developed to assess the sustainability of infrastructure assets. Yet, for stakeholders it remains difficult to identify the right tool. By operating the Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator, GIZ’s Infrastructure Solutions Incubator and UNEP’s Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership aim to bring clarity to the infrastructure sustainability arena and thereby increase uptake of innovative infrastructure solutions that meet sustainability principles.

About the Infrastructure Solutions Incubator

The Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator was originally developed under Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogue (EMSD), a global program of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Currently, the website is hosted and further developed by the Infrastructure Solutions Incubator of GIZ, which acts as a global knowledge platform and focal point for sustainable infrastructure solutions. The Infrastructure Solutions Incubator enables public institutions to connect and share good practices on sustainable infrastructure and helps public institutions in partner countries identify and implement relevant tools and methods to plan, finance, build and maintain sustainable infrastructure. The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change serve as the political backdrop for the project’s scope of action. 

About the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP)

The Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) is a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative that promotes and supports integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure planning and development. Such approaches recognize the centrality of infrastructure to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and can help to deliver optimal social, environmental and economic outcomes of infrastructure development by considering the complex interlinkages between different infrastructure systems, sectors, phases, governance structures, and aspects of sustainability. The partnership’s core goals are to raise awareness about the centrality of infrastructure for the 2030 Agenda, develop guidance, and strengthen developing country capacity to adopt integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure.