Infrastructure for Future:
The Sant Pau Group
At the Climate Infrastructure Forum 2019 (4-5 March, Barcelona), the following Statement was presented, and has since been updated to integrate feedback and inputs from participants in the Forum.
Global leaders of change are invited to sign the statement by filling in the form below.
We, the undersigned, recognize the need to significantly step-up action and accelerate implementation of sustainable infrastructure in support of the Paris Agreement’s objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We hereby announce our commitment to establish a cross-sector sherpa group – the Sant Pau Group – that brings together change leaders from the public, private, and civil society sectors to co-create, promote, and deploy transformative initiatives in order to accelerate the transition to sustainable infrastructure.
Infrastructure is the backbone of climate action and a key enabler of sustainable development. Without low-carbon, high-resilience infrastructure, it will not be possible to deliver on the SDGs. Today about 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the construction and operations of infrastructure. By 2035 global infrastructure is expected to more than double, making it imperative to develop low-carbon, resilient and sustainable infrastructure. Developing countries are set to expand their infrastructure as large portions of their population still lack access to basic infrastructure services such as energy, housing, water, sanitation, transport and more. Developed countries have ageing infrastructure that needs to be adapted, updated or replaced. A recent World Bank study found that an additional 100 million people will live in poverty due to climate change by 2030 if countries fail to address these challenges.
The world is on track to exceed its carbon budget and lock in a 1.5°C warming in fewer than 12 years. When it comes to infrastructure-related climate action, however, the window of opportunity is shorter. Once an infrastructure project is financed and built, its resulting emissions will be locked in for the entire project lifecycle, ranging from 20 to 40 years on average. Choosing the right type of infrastructure investment will be crucial to eradicate poverty and achieve the SDGs.
Our common future will be largely determined by the infrastructure decisions and the action we will take in the next few years. Infrastructure is the single most important lever for sustainable development. It is time to seize this historical opportunity to accelerate the transition to sustainable infrastructure.
We commit to join efforts and diligently explore the relevant climate infrastructure agenda items (see annex).
We, the undersigned, commit to collaborating diligently with a goal of finalizing the terms and structure of the Sant Pau Group by the UN Climate Action Summit to be held on 23 September 2019 in New York.
Sebastian KindUndersecretary for
Renewable Energy and
Ministry of Finance,
Sylvain NachefDirector of
International Business Development,
Bouygues Energies & Services
Kirsten Snow SpaldingSenior Program Director,
EIT Climate KIC
Luigi CarafaExecutive Director,
Climate Infrastructure Partnership
Francisco BeneditoCEO Climatetrade
Mar BeltranDirector of Real Assets,
Antonio Burgueño MuñozDirector of Quality,
CSR and R&D,
Gino Van BeginSecretary General,
Pia Heidenmark CookCSO, Ingka Group
John TidmarshChief Investment Officer,
R20 Regions of Climate Action
Robert MetzkeGlobal Head of Sustainability,
Chief of Staff Innovation
& Strategy Royal Philips
Doblas-Reyes FranciscoDirector of
Earth Sciences Department,
Barcelona Supercomputing Center