It’s 2035 and the twin drives to cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically and develop resilience against the physical impacts of climate change have made significant progress. Global emissions have halved in the last 15 years and we’re on track to hit carbon net-zero by 2045, thanks to innovations that enable CO2 to be removed from the atmosphere. Decarbonisation of every aspect of social and economic activity has brought huge benefits for communities including new jobs and more secure livelihoods, better health and wellbeing, and a sustainable, biodiverse environment.
Despite the speed of decarbonisation, historic emissions have driven ongoing climate change. To contend with sea level rise and more extreme weather events, buildings and infrastructure are being adapted to make them more resilient.
The twin successes of decarbonisation and adaptive resilience are the result of an approach known as climate-smart development, which has been built into the daily decision-making processes of organisations everywhere. Governments preside over more secure and sustainable economies. Infrastructure owners and operators provide dependable service to their customers. Investors are confident of return on their capital. Donors are achieving more with available funding. People are confident in their future.
This is how.