Resilience & Adaptation to Climate Change

Description

Resilience refers to the ability of a system to stand up to shocks or changes and maintain an acceptable level of function and performance. Likewise, adaptation refers to adjustments to limit the negative effects, or take advantage of the positive effects, of climate change. Resilience or adaptation measures may include changes to the built environment, restructuring financial instruments or reorganising social networks.

Your Needs

Climate change and existing extreme weather risks impact all aspects and sectors of our society. The impacts that are important will vary depending on the type of organisation, the scope and operations, your accountabilities and the expectations of your stakeholders. Typical considerations for different industries include:

  • Governments and councils must protect their communities, infrastructure and assets and plan for a climate changed future.
  • Developers must create buildings capable of withstanding new environmental conditions, and support health, safety, amenity and sustainability into a climate changed future.
  • Insurers must predict their new and increasing liabilities and find opportunities within these changing conditions to provide their assurance service.
  • All businesses must consider how climate change will affect their supply chains, infrastructure and investments and adapt accordingly.

Edge Offering

Our focus is on developing science based and cost effective climate change adaptation tools, policy advice, strategic advice and training materials. Our solutions are informed by expertise spanning the environmental, social and economic fields and underpinned by our full life cycle approach. Our key services:

  • Risk Assessments: identifying, assessing and treating existing and future climate risks in line with established Australian Standards.
  • Strategy: development of climate change strategies aligned with the wider business strategy in order to focus adaptation efforts on the most material areas for your activities.
  • Tools: bespoke calculation and decision making tools that provide clear direction and information to users.
  • Policy: research and advice regarding policy gaps and opportunities to meet government objectives or obligations and proactively address climate change risks.
  • Evaluation: assessment of the performance of climate change adaptation programs and activities.

Clients

Delivery of an award-winning (Flood Management Association of Australia) project to produce a set of guidelines for homes being built in flood prone areas. Follow on work included development of a method to rate the resilience of multiple houses and inform decision making about developing resilient communities and address insurance affordability.
Provision of research and advice relating to developing built environments resilient to extreme heat and bushfire.
Conduct of the climate change risk assessment for the Northwest Rapid Transit project; enhancing the TfNSW North West Rail Link reference case study with the detailed design from NRT.
Conducting climate change risk assessment as part of the Dexus buildings due diligence process. Dexus is a leader in due diligence process and has incorporated climate change risk into its process as a business as usual factor.

Project Experience

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