Real Assets


Stuart Kay (stuartkay72[at]

Gordon Noble (gordon.noble[at]


Infrastructure and real estate assets have the potential to play a major role transitioning economies to a low carbon footprint.

Traditionally, infrastructure and real estate assets have been managed as separate asset classes. Projects such as Hudson Yards in NYC, where an extension to the NYC metro is being financed through value capture on re-developed railyards, demonstrate the value that can be unlocked if infrastructure and real estate are approached together. Increasingly, large asset managers and owners, including BlackRock, are now creating real asset management capabilities that combine infrastructure and real estate elements.

The Real Assets Working Group will utilize the existing brand and market equity of Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (SFM) and its current platform of activities to provide further enhancement to its reach and impact in the market.

The Working Group will offer a platform for relevant and appropriate industry participants to aggregate thought leadership and best practice with a focus on identifying solutions that maximize real asset capital that facilitates transition to a low carbon economy.


  • Function as a new working group within SFM that positively enhances and expands the existing SFM platform, its initiatives and its brand
  • Attract leading industry actors to the group to assist in building the Working Group and overall SFM platform
  • Promote the role of real assets transitioning economies to a low carbon footprint
  • Educate the global market regarding best practice
  • Propose market mechanisms and advice to both public sector (government) and private sector (where possible) on proposed policy in order to create positive change in the sector
  • Create a library of best practice and case studies
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with other industry associations that will assist in meeting the objectives of this Working Group and its overall mission

Recent News:

May 2017 Real Assets Working Group: Community Bonds Update

April 2017 Real Assets Working Group Update