CLIMATE AND RISK
The general scope of Climate and Risk is two-fold; to minimize emissions that may contribute to increased short and long-term risks and to ensure infrastructure projects are resilient to short-term hazards or altered long-term future conditions. The Climate and Risk category is divided into two sub-categories: Emissions and Resilience.
The goal of this subcategory is the understanding and reduction of dangerous emissions — both greenhouse gas emissions as well as other dangerous pollutants — during all stages of a project’s life cycle. These emissions can increase both short and long-term risk to the project. Minimizing this risk helps to protect against future problems and increase the life cycle of the project. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions may not have a direct impact on the consequences to the particular project, it can help to reduce overall global risk and has contributions far beyond the site borders of the project.
Resilience includes the ability to withstand short-term risks, such as flooding or fires, and the ability to adapt to changing long-term conditions, such as changes in weather patterns, sea level rise, or changes in climate. Understanding the types of risks and probability of risks allows the project team to deliver and informed project design that anticipates and withstands or adapts to these risks, minimizing its overall vulnerability. Increased adaptability and decreased vulnerability ensures a longer useful life and ensures that the project will be able to meet the future needs of the community.