The UK Government has been urged to set “clear resilience standards” that enables energy and water networks, transport, essential services and all infrastructure sectors to stress test and plan against hidden climate challenges on the horizon. That is the key message of the government-appointed National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), which has set out a new report framework to help infrastructure sectors plan for future climate sectors. The NIC notes that future proofing existing and planned infrastructure could spur job growth as part of a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. However, it warns that “the past is not always the best guide to the future” and has called for more proactive approaches to resiliency. In particular, the report calls for more support across sectors by setting transparent standards of appropriate service levels alongside stress tests that provide clear warnings for utility providers to invest in long-term resilience.
Edie 28th May 2020 read more »
Britain’s vital infrastructure is under threat from the ravages of extreme weather and climate breakdown, unless ministers take swift action to protect against flooding, heatwaves and drought, government advisers have warned. Energy networks and water utilities, communications, transport and other essential services are all at risk, said Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, which has published a new report on resilience.
Guardian 28th May 2020 read more »