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Climate change adaptation

Climate change threatens governments, companies and communities. We can help you identify risks and reduce your vulnerability by developing adaptation strategies that you can use to build resilience.

We are advancing climate resilience by finding ways to adapt and rebound, and innovative sources of investment in resilience.

With global temperatures rising, acute weather events are presenting a fundamental challenge to societies and businesses around the world. Our economic, human and natural assets and investments are increasingly at risk from climate change. Adaptation measures – improving our resilience – will be essential to survival.

We are advancing climate resilience by finding ways to adapt and rebound, and innovative sources of investment in resilience. Through our services we protect against severe impacts, reduce losses and safeguard the livelihoods of vulnerable communities around the world.

Our multidisciplinary expertise and international reach mean we can build teams with the right skills mix to meet the needs of clients in any sector, anywhere in the world.

Climate change risk and vulnerability assessments

We develop cost-effective options for building resilience, based on assessment of potential risks and the feasibility of adaptation responses. Our track record of climate change risks assessments (CCRA) includes:

  • Eirgrid commissioned Mott MacDonald to carry out a CCRA of the Irish energy transmission system network.
  • The Singapore National Environment Agency contracted Mott MacDonald to undertake a CCRA on their energy and telecommunications sectors.
  • In Tajikistan we developed a CCRA approach to assess the future frequency and impact of projected climate hazards on water dependent assets (communities, agriculture, infrastructure, ecosystems).

Climate science, research and analysis

Our leading climate scientist has contributed to major international assessments on climate change, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and gives us access to the latest science. This informs decision-making and planning, to deliver the best solutions for improving climate risk management and resilience for our clients.

Policy and planning

Our specialists have assisted with the development of policy and planning guidance to ensure that climate change risk assessments are carried out as a mandatory part of project development.

We developed a long-term sustainable development plan for Mauritius, including the delivery of a policy, strategy and action plan to increase the resilience of the small island state to external factors, including climate change.

We were also appointed to identify climate change mitigation and adaptation options for natural, built and socio-economic systems in the municipality of KwaDukuza in South Africa and set priority strategic responses for improving community resilience.

Climate finance

Increasing amounts of finance are now being directed to adaptation and mitigation. We advise on mainstreaming climate change considerations into investment decisions; monitoring and evaluating new climate finance instruments; assessing the potential use of carbon credits; and provide capacity building and outreach to enable access to new climate finance flows.

We are a registered observer of the recently established Green Climate Fund and actively involved in advocacy for private sector engagement in the design of new international climate finance mechanisms.

Climate resilient infrastructure

The economic impacts resulting from increasingly severe and widespread climate events threaten infrastructure provision. Asset systems are increasingly interconnected and interdependent. When climate events occur, service disruption in one sector can have far reaching consequences as the failure cascades through others. Our experts advise on integrated strategies and solutions for building resilience into infrastructure.

We bring an international perspective to local climate resilience, promoting the most technically appropriate and economically and socially sustainable solutions. We also assess the scope for financing these and develop country specific policy dialogue to support direct investments in commercial property developments, and intermediate finance for asset upgrades.

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