Infrastructure Funding and Financing Conference
Future proofing infrastructure funding for a sustainable Aotearoa
30 - 31 May 2022Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland (Live or Virtual)
- Deputy Director - Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup)
- Identifying the right infrastructure solution
- Examining factors that are driving the need to change the way we undertake infrastructure funding and financing in NZ in order to tackle the deficit
- Evaluating and selecting the appropriate tools to deliver infrastructure more quickly and efficiently
- Evaluating the feasibililty of separating water assets from Council balance sheets as proposed by Government and Department of Internal Affairs
- Understanding the proposed funding models for the new water entities
- What are the alternative options for funding and financing investment urgently needed for water infrastructure?
- Assessing the ability of the reform to deliver on community expectations and NZ council obligations
- Overview of the proposed legislative reforms and the 3 new Acts that will replace the RMA from the perspective of funding and financing
- Will this reform deliver a more favourable funding climate for infrastructure?
- Who will ultimately be responsible for infrastructure costs – Government, Local Council or developers?
- Understanding the new Intensification Streamlined Planning Process (ISPP) which will support Tier 1 councils in implementing the intensification policies and delivering of supporting infrastructure
- Embedding a focus on funding within spatial and strategic planning in promoting better integration of land use and infrastructure
- Establishing a new funding and financing model to enable private capital to support the provision of new infrastructure for housing and urban development
- Putting the model into action
- Future opportunities for use of the model
Due to years of underinvestment in vital infrastructure, New Zealand’s housing market has a chronic shortage of affordable dwellings. How will the demand and supply imbalance play out in years to come?
- Leveraging our infrastructure delivery programme and education system to build capacity and skills
- Building equity into infrastructure delivery, and implement Broader Outcomes
- De-risking infrastructure delivery by moving from transactional to relational culture, towards harmonised shared-goal delivery
- Exploring the current evolution in infrastructure prioritisation strategies in NZ – how are we coordinating our infrastructure response?
- Responding to the call for more transparency in Government’s long-term plan surrounding infrastructure assets and investment
- Analysing pre vs post pandemic sectoral interest – does energy remain a top focus? Has our growth trajectory changed?
- What role should demand management play in infrastructure? How can demand management improve infrastructure services and outcomes?
Fiona Docherty-Wright, Head of Infrastructure Funding & Development Strategy, Auckland Council
Dr Eric Crampton, Chief Economist, The New Zealand Initiative
Andreas Heuser, Director, Castalia
Antonia Robertson, Partner, PwC
- Assessing the development of green bond frameworks and how best to make it work in NZ infrastructure funding environment
- Leveraging on the role of such framework in providing accountability and assurances to investors that projects are meeting ESG goals
- What are the key considerations for managing growth and congestion?
- Is congestion pricing the solution to reduce Auckland’s traffic?
- Case studies on countries successfully managing growth and congestion – keeping cities moving
- Engaging the community in the process of funding future infrastructure development
- What additional revenue generating opportunity can be leveraged?
- What are the popular sources of funding currently applied in NZ and what alternative financing structures are being deployed?
- How do different operating models stack up - in-house outsourcing vs business partnership?
- How can different actors create a synergy to complement each role and resources?
- Financiers and contractors forecasting the post COVID infrastructure pipeline over the next 5 years
- Deputy Director - Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup)
- Assessing the macroeconomic impact of the government’s allocation of infrastructure stimuli
- Deep dive into Te Waihanga 30-year Infrastructure Strategy and its implication on infrastructure sector
- What are the factors that make the cost of building infrastructure in NZ more expensive and influence the sustainability of the existing funding system?
- Providing appropriate funding to meet the infrastructure challenge and boost productivity
- Offering options to ensure that those who benefit most from infrastructure pay a fair share
- How can we green infrastructure and what are the benefits?
- Global developments – what is happening around the world in green infrastructure financing?
- Policy developments – what does decarbonisation policy mean for infrastructure growth?
- What are the drivers of investment in green infrastructure? What green alternatives are available? What sectors are becoming more investable?
- Where does New Zealand sit on the ‘cleantech’ spectrum? How can technology enable infrastructure investment?
- Understanding the current digital landscape and financing opportunities of digital infrastructure in NZ
- With the trend shifting towards online and virtual, will data centres continue to be the more popular asset for infrastructure financing going forward?
- How suitable is the PPP model for the procurement of major digital infrastructure?
- What is the funder’s perspective?
- Current challenges in financing renewable energy projects
- What are the current disruptive drivers in the energy sector?
- Exploring unique features of the NZ energy market
- The role of renewable energy in decarbonising NZ
- Predicting future trends in mobility and transport – how should these be impacting our investment decisions now?
- The interdependencies between transport and other infrastructure sectors
- How will changes in the sector impact transport revenue and funding?
- The future for public transport and opportunities for investment
The Finance to Accelerate the Sustainable Transition- Infrastructure Initiative (FAST-Infra) Sustainable Infrastructure Label (SI Label) is a globally applicable label for projects demonstrating significant positive sustainability performance. It is designed to enable transformation of sustainable infrastructure into a mainstream, liquid asset class.
- Introducing SI Framework and criteria that adds value across the infrastructure lifecycle – serving as a tool to inform upstream project planning, prioritisation and design
- Exploring how FAST-Infra, a public-private initiative can help mobilise private finance and de-risk investments in sustainable infrastructure sector globally
- How major regulatory changes in advanced countries (e.g. EU Green Deal) will affect the global appetite for green infrastructure investment moving forward?
- Sharing of successful experience of green infrastructure investment in different regions of the world
- Assessing how infrastructure funders and financiers maximise ESG impact in this region
- Exploring effective approach to declaration and disclosure
- To what extend can sustainability metric influence funding decisions?
- Which infrastructure sector is leading in applying ESG criteria?
- ESG and renewable: How do they complement each other?
- Best practice integration of ESG into corporate reporting and communication with capital markets and investors
- Lessons learned from more experience economies
- Is infrastructure financing appetite increasing post pandemic? Are higher risks projects being considered?
- Where are funders and financiers looking to deploy their capital?
- Outlining the prospects and overall lending appetite for NZ
- How do newer sectors such as social infrastructure sit within the investment portfolio?
- How much has COVID-19 affected infrastructure asset revenue?