ADI is a ‘structured network’ – a much needed layer that sits above existing organisations to coordinate work; collect and distribute data; and make the case for asset-level data – ADI is not be a new legal entity, but a project run as a consortium between partner organisations. ADI will shortly appoint an advisory board consisting of partners, funders, and other relevant stakeholders and this board will meet regularly to guide its work and priorities.

By demonstrating coordination among organisations, particularly in terms of harmonised workflow and funding bids, ADI will increase the attractiveness of funding work on asset-level data. There are significant benefits of building ADI through well-established entities with proven track records and there are also potential economies associated with not creating a new organisation.

ADI will use existing data distribution channels instead of attempting to create its own distribution infrastructure. This will mean distributing asset-level  through commercial (e.g. Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, S&P, Morningstar etc) and non-commercial (e.g. CDP, WRI etc) distribution channels. One of the critical functions of ADI will be to ensure that data distribution is consistent with user licensing and IP constraints.