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Climate resilience

Populations globally face increasing risks brought by climate change. Our unique skills set and experience equip us to assist in managing them. We advise on policy, identify measures to mitigate climate impacts, and guide adaptation to achieve asset and service resilience.

"Climate change poses an increasing threat to global social and economic infrastructure. We are leading the development of climate resilience by finding innovative solutions and sources of investment."

Climate resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb the stresses imposed by climate variability and climate change. This will make the system evolve into a more robust state and be able to withstand the increasing impacts from climate and nonclimate risks.

There is a clear resilience dividend for public and private sectors. Fully resilient businesses not only deal with climate events: they rebound to gain a better position than their poorly adapted, less resilient competitors.

By achieving continuity of operation and service provision, organizations have the opportunity to grow market share and profitability. For the public sector, the resilience of the community or system helps minimize the costs and consequences of climate impacts so they do not hinder progress towards development goals.

Climate-resilient societies may also attract inward investment and benefit from access to lower cost finance and insurance premiums.

We help our clients build long-term resilience and respond to climate extremes by bridging sector gaps and equipping communities, businesses, and institutions with the awareness, knowledge, and capacity to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

We have developed a Climate Resilience Framework for asset planning, design and operation, as well as policy and systems planning. The framework can be tailored to specific needs, objectives, and local contexts. It has been used on projects and programs worldwide.

By working with you to understand your climate resilience needs, we can help do all this:

  • Increase awareness of risks and reduce vulnerabilities
  • Prioritize actions to manage risks
  • Identify new business opportunities
  • Build climate resilience into decision-making and planning
  • Establish processes to learn and develop from experiences
  • Enhance the robustness, resourcefulness, and recovery capacity of your asset systems

Mantoloking Sea Wall

Extreme weather will be a common and devastating effect of continuing climate change. In October 2012, a storm surge from Superstorm Sandy cut through the narrow section of the Barnegat Peninsula in New Jersey where the Borough of Mantoloking is located. Later, Mott MacDonald was retained to provide assistance with design, financing, and construction observation for a sea wall to be built from steel sheet pilings along two miles of oceanfront of Mantoloking and one and one half miles in neighboring Brick Township.

Impacts of Climate Change on Irish Transmission System, EirGrid

Eirgrid commissioned us to carry out a Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) of the Irish Energy Transmission System Network. The project focused on identifying the resilience of energy transmission assets and operations to long term climate risks and the development of recommendations for climate change adaptation measures to be implemented in the short, medium and long term.

KwaDukuza Climate Change Strategy, KwaDukuza Municipality, South Africa

We were appointed to evaluate climate change risks and develop a climate change response strategy for the municipality of KwaDukuza. In line with the Municipality’s forward thinking and risk-averse approach to climate change, the project considered climate change impacts in the intermediate future to 2050 and in the long term to 2100.

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