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Aligning ESG and business strategy

A successful ESG policy is aligned with your business strategy, and manages reputational exposure. Wherever you are on your ESG journey, Ramboll can help you develop or revise ESG policy and strategies that are aligned with your ESG objectives.

Good ESG management demonstrates that you have identified both short and long-term risks – including climate change, ethics, diversity and inclusion, energy use and net zero ambitions, product lifecycle impacts, health and safety, supply chain issues, and human rights exposure – and are not only managing them, but looking for opportunities to turn them into value-creation possibilities. 

impact assessment international project

Ramboll staff on-site in Ghana on a mine infrastucture project as the lender's independent environmental and social consultant

Realising the best price for your asset

It is a startling statistic that 97% of infrastructure companies are exposed to ESG risks6. But not surprising when you consider the range of projects encompassed – including solar, real estate, digital storage, transport, energy etc – the often-international dimension, and the range of ESG issues attached to them. 

The long-term nature of infrastructure investment offers opportunities to embed ESG value-creation including the transition to low carbon or net zero, board diversity and inclusion, health & safety programs, and consistently improved ESG ratings.

ESG can help improve resilience and sustainability, while demonstrating a management of risk, which is beneficial to company management as well as inward looking investors and credit rating agencies. Indeed, the update of the Equator Principles to EP4 introduced requirements for TCFD-aligned climate change risk assessments, including physical and transition risks, to be undertaken for proposed infrastructure projects. 

With impact investments growing in popularity and value, clearly and transparently demonstrating management of ESG issues contributes to asset value. 

Supply chain and reputation risks and opportunities

Supply chain issues and opportunities

Supply chain & reputation

The focus on ESG by investors, corporations, consumers, governments and regulators is increasing. The Linklaters report6 states that supply chains, climate change and corporate purpose are three areas where ESG will become more important in the years ahead. 

Supply chains are outside of a company’s core operations and can appear hidden and uncontrollable. Ensuring you have an accurate understanding of the risks and opportunities is essential to good ESG management.

Infrastructure projects can face community opposition, so ensuring a project is of benefit to all parties, as well as the environment, helps manage reputation, overcome opposition, and comply with regulations and financing standards. 

Ramboll has vast experience in national and international infrastructure projects, with capabilities combining engineering, environmental and strategic planning. 

6 Linklaters report: ESG risks and opportunities in the infrastructure investment cycle

Portfolio climate hazard summary dashboard

Long-term security/growth, resilience, value protection

Well managed ESG factors focusing on developing resilience boost long-term financial performance. 

Assessing climate resiliency and reporting on risks

The effects of climate change can have significant impacts. Infrastructure projects themselves require an assessment of the potential impact of climate events on site conditions and ability to continue operations. 

Climate change also places pressure on our increasingly global community, with rising temperatures and inconsistent weather patterns putting supply chains at risk. These risks need to be foreseen, accounted for, and managed for the long-term. 

Data center lifecycle

Data center lifecycle

Resource and energy management

While many infrastructure projects contribute to the low carbon economy, others require vast amounts of resources and energy during construction and operations. Ensuring sustainable resources are used, reducing emissions and managing ongoing clean energy supply, all contribute to successful ESG management. 

Some critical infrastructure projects, such as digital storage facilities like data centers and communications infrastructure, are highly energy intensive. As well as the importance of an uninterrupted power supply (and associated, often diesel, backup generators), cooling facilities such as these takes an enormous amount of power. 

Ramboll has experience helping clients ensure that effective management of ESG issues continues throughout the project lifecycle: from clever site selection, identifying renewable power opportunities, navigating local opposition, complying with regulations, and considering air emissions and noise etc, to designing for decommissioning.