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9th Asia Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Leaders Dialogue
Building secure and future-ready infrastructure
09 July 2024 | Singapore

Across Asia, post-pandemic rebound is in full swing. Infrastructure is once again on the upswing accelerating the momentum to revitalize economies. Climate change and its increasing severity underscores the importance of resilient and sustainable infrastructure.

At the same time, the region is also experiencing a boom in its digital economy. From cloud computing, artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT), their rapid adoption is shining a spotlight on the need for secure and energy-efficient projects. With Asia’s energy demand on the rise, achieving a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy has become an urgent priority.

Infrastructure, indeed, will serve as a catalyst for Asia’s next stage of growth. The region, however, has huge financing requirements. According to the International Monetary Fund, countries in the Asia-Pacific are confronted with a shortfall of at least US$800 billion in climate financing.

But government budgets are under strain, multilateral funding is getting tight and private capital participation is still low. On the bright side, infrastructure is emerging as an attractive asset class. Asset managers and private equity firms are flocking to this market as infrastructure investments provide long-term and stable returns

Governments are also ramping up effort to attract institutional investor to this space. Singapore is encouraging insurers to allocate more capital for infrastructure projects and to develop insurance solutions for renewable energy and emerging technologies.

There is also a growing acceptance of transition finance in Asia to support the decarbonization of its high-carbon high emitting sectors. Moreover, the region is also promoting other funding avenues such as blended finance, securitization and clean energy REITs to support infrastructure projects.

In the face of the climate finance challenge in the coming years, regulators, financiers, and project developers will need to come together and device a multi-pronged approach. It will require phasing out high-emission energy sources while also accelerating the adoption of technology to improve and uncover better, cleaner alternative.

The Asset, is pleased to be hosting the 9th Asia Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Leaders Dialogue. The summit brings infrastructure finance leaders to discuss how Asia’s infrastructure can be secure and ready for the future.

09 July 2024
02:30 PM
Registration and coffee
03:00 PM
Welcome remarks
03:10 PM
Keynote address
03:30 PM
Panel one: Building secure and future-ready infrastructure

Infrastructure continues to play an important role as Asia works to revitalize its economies. The ever-growing threat of climate change is increasing the demand for resilient and sustainable infrastructure. Across the region, project sponsors, lenders and investors are pushing for this green agenda, but challenges abound. Asia’s huge financing gap requires the support of the private sector. The region’s clean energy transition demands greater collaboration between policymakers, sponsors, banks and investors.

  • Which countries and sectors will provide the most opportunities?
  • Where will funding come from?
  • How can capital markets play a greater role in supporting sustainability initiatives?
  • What are the key risks and challenges in this space?
04:10 PM
Networking and coffee
04:40 PM
Panel two: Building Asia’s digital economy

Asia is embracing digitalization at a rapid pace. The rise of e-commerce, the need for connectivity, the demand for digital services as well as the adoption of AI, IoT and cloud computing are powering the region’s digital economy. Amid this landscape, digital infrastructure is emerging as a new asset class. Investments in projects like data centres, 5G infrastructure and subsea cables are on the rise. However, the steady growth of this sector is also increasing Asia’s energy demands

  • What is the outlook for digital infrastructure projects in Asia?
  • How can sponsors make these green?
  • What are the key issues and challenges in investing in this asset class?
  • What type of projects will feature in the next wave of digital infrastructure?
05:20 PM
Panel three: Renewables and Asia’s energy security

Asia’s net-zero journey is on track and infrastructure is an enabler of this transition. Across the region, renewable energy projects from wind and solar to hydro are making great strides. The launch of green hydrogen projects in the region will further contribute to meeting its clean energy targets. While Asia is turning to renewables, fossil fuels still dominate the energy mix needed to meet the energy demands of the region’s fast-growing economies.

  • What are the challenges and opportunities faced by project sponsors in the region?
  • What is the future of hydrogen as an energy source?
  • Nature as infrastructure – how will this take off in Asia?
  • How is transition finance shaping up in Asia?
06:00 PM
Networking and cocktails
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