Discussion paper: A new distributed infrastructure and services market

Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
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2004, pp. 1 - 38
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This discussion paper was completed with the support of the Australian Council for Infrastructure Development (AusCID). It seeks to build the case, firstly, for change towards more distributed (or decentralised) infrastructure and service provision; secondly, for private sector involvement in that change; and thirdly for thinking about it from an industry perspective in terms of a new and very different market with a wealth of different opportunities. We are working to form a partnership between AusCID, ISF and other stakeholders to take the analysis to the next level and help to realise the opportunities identified. This work could involve assessing the nature and potential size of the market in distributed infrastructure and services, identifying and evaluating the opportunities within it, understanding the barriers and challenges in creating it and outlining some possible strategies to overcome those barriers. Three key drivers are helping to create new opportunities and a market in distributed infrastructure and services which looks very different to the traditional infrastructure market. We have defined this Distributed Infrastructure and Services (DIS) market as one involving products and services that: - increase efficiency and conservation - provide distributed and decentralised supply - involve change to the system as a whole These can be complementary to the existing infrastructure industry as well as offering new and very different opportunities. To help make the DIS opportunities a reality, we identified a need to understand the change and its potential from an industry perspective. We have started to do so in this discussion paper by examining the case for change in five categories: - the growth market - product and service opportunities - competitor development and opportunity - policy and economic incentives - existing business improvement
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