The World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) sets out the World Bank’s commitment to sustainable development through a Bank Policy and a set of environmental and social standards that enable borrowers to better manage environmental and social risks of projects and to improve development outcomes. The tool offers an assessment of environmental and social risks and impacts of projects throughout the project life cycle in a systematic manner proportionate to the nature and scale of the project and the potential risks and impacts. Since 2018, the framework applies to all World Bank investment project financing.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Prioritization, Project Planning, Concept Design, Procurement, Finance, Detailed Design, Construction
Type(s) of Tool: Guidelines
Organization: The World Bank Group

The Zofnass Economic Process Tool is a self-assessment platform that offers a fast and easy way to achieve preliminary quantification and monetization of sustainability externalities in infrastructure projects based on the Envision™ rating system. The tool provides information on the costs and benefits of (sustainable) infrastructure solutions and their externalities, which can be used to inform the design process of infrastructure projects and promote the implementation of sustainability strategies. Users introduce the values for evaluation themselves, using a comprehensive online form.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project Planning, Concept Design, Finance, Detailed Design, Construction
Type(s) of Tool: Economic / Financial Valuations
Organization: Zofnass Programm by Harvard University and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
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