A Common Set of Aligned Sustainable Infrastructure Indicators (SII)

A Common Set of Aligned Sustainable Infrastructure Indicators (SII)


MDB Infrastructure Cooperation Platform

Type(s) of Tool

PrinciplesSupport sustainability incorporation at institutional or strategic level, less specific than Guidelines.


Tools applicable to all sectors

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Enabling EnvironmentConditions that enable the integration of sustainability practices (regulation, laws, frameworks etc.)., Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., ProcurementThe provision of goods and services to realize a project are tendered and closed., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project.

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English, Spanish

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The report “A Common Set of Aligned Sustainable Infrastructure Indicators (SII)” identifies the sixteen common elements used by multilateral development banks to define sustainable infrastructure practices across the quadruple bottom line. The SII provides insights into how stakeholders can incorporate the indicators into their infrastructure projects and monitor sustainability performance throughout the infrastructure lifecycle. Moreover, the SII sets forth how reaching the sustainability indicators can help mobilize public and private investments.

Tool Outcome

The SII represents a first step towards providing a common language around sustainable infrastructure, provides an overview on the most relevant sustainability indicators as well as recommendations for their implementation and monitoring. Thereby, the SII supports stakeholders in integrating sustainability considerations into their infrastructure projects and fosters a consistent debate on and approach to key challenges and opportunities of sustainable infrastructure.

Sustainability Criteria

The report presents 16 key sustainable infrastructure indicators across the quadruple bottom line which do provide the common denominators of three mapped sustainable infrastructure frameworks and two initiatives of MDBs:
– Environmental sustainability & resilience:
– Greenhouse emissions reduction
– Climate risk, resilience & disaster risk management
– Biodiversity
– Pollution control & monitoring
– Efficient use of materials & waste reduction
– Energy & water efficiency
– Social sustainability:
– Access to services & service affordability
– Stakeholder engagement
– Disability & special needs integration
– Human & labor rights compliance
– Gender integration
– Health & safety
– Institutional sustainability:
– Anticorruption protocols & procedures
– Corporate sustainability disclosure
– Economic & financial sustainability:
– Positive economic & social return
– Job creation