Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure

Project Partners: Marsh & McLennan and Swiss Re

With increasing complexity in the global energy economy, and the increasing advent of unidentified risks, it becomes more difficult to attract and include the diverse range of investments needed to address the existing energy deficit. In order to obtain further financing through traditional and non-traditional sources of debt and equity, the emerging physical and technological risks must be more widely and better understood to enable long-term investment decisions that deliver a resilient energy infrastructure. These decisions must be robust with regard to different possible futures driven by technology innovation, emerging risks and global policy developments.

Extreme storm cityThe objective of the Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure work is to identify and characterise the nature, frequency and severity of these emerging risks, and to share and promote the incorporation of these risks into energy infrastructure design and investment decisions. These risks include:

  • Water stress and the energy-water-food nexus
  • Extreme weather events
  • Cyber threats
  • Social activism, and
  • Technical efficacy

The Knowledge Network supporting this work conducts high-level conferences and workshops focused on addressing these issues affecting the resilience of energy infrastructure; in particular to share and promote the incorporation of them into energy infrastructure design and investment decisions. One of the distinctive features of the work programmes is the promotion of dialogue and collaboration between the energy and financial sectors to define the options and financial instruments for de-risking, segmenting, and managing the various parts of these risks, and to identify sources of debt and equity financing and their risk tolerance and appetite.

For further information, contact Katrina Kelly, Project Manager, Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure.

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