Thursday, February 2

Is it possible to develop truly sustainable infrastructure?

This 2022 marks the 35th anniversary of the publication of the sometimes somewhat forgotten report Our Common Future, also known as the ‘Bruntland Report’ in honor of the person who chaired the commission in 1987 that was in charge of preparing it, the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Bruntland, in which the concept of sustainable development was defined for the first time, as one that is capable of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

From it, many currents have emerged, which have resulted in agreements, treaties or regulations, but always prevailing the interest that inspired that definition, which consists of achieving an indestructible balance between economic progress, the preservation of natural resources and the harmonious social coexistence.

Currently, and applied to the business world, the acronym ESG is used as an evaluation of the collective awareness that a company has regarding social and environmental factors in a corporate governance environment. It is a kind of qualification obtained from the measurement of specific indicators, related to the intangible assets of the company, these being the values ​​and concerns that they incorporate into the investment decision-making process, instead of simply and solely the potential economic benefits. towards the future.

And I say that not only in companies, but in the public sphere, it is precisely these types of considerations that should be taken into account when making investment decisions in public infrastructure of all kinds, but especially that which serves to generate competitiveness as an indisputable pillar of development.

But is the world ready to achieve this ideal? Is our beloved Mexico? Is it a possible model to achieve?

It is clear to everyone that investment in infrastructure is the basis for the generation of wealth with well-being and prosperity, but it is very difficult to balance its financial profitability with an absolute preservation of natural resources, at the same time as its detection, planning, construction and operation is resolved under strict governance standards.

Societies around the world are already making steady progress towards this goal, the fight against climate change is a priority that is based on the advancement of clean and renewable electricity generation technologies, electric mobility and the development of clean energy for heavy industry.

Socially, rules of coexistence are imposed that favor harmony among all human beings, within a framework of respect, justice and equity.

The search for economic benefits continues, but other factors now enter the equation to determine the viability of a project.

The builders, hand in hand with all the parties interested in the development of public infrastructure, are determined to find a way to guarantee that a true sustainable model is perfectly possible, and that we are going to achieve it at any cost.

Raul Asis Monforte Gonzalez

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