Climate Change Commission Wales

Businesses and communities across Wales are already experiencing and counting the costs of severe weather events and the impacts of a changing climate.

16th October 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORAL ADAPTATION PLAN: WORKSHOP – 9 October 2015

Businesses and communities across Wales are already experiencing and counting the costs of severe weather events and the impacts of a changing climate. Across the UK the  total economic damage caused by the 2012 floods alone has been estimated as high as £620 million.

The Climate Change Commission for Wales (CCCW), Constructing Excellence Wales (CEW) and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) organised a workshop of direct relevance to organisations working in the infrastructure sector, aimed at senior managers and practitioners alike.

Over 40 people attended and contributed to discussions throughout the day.

Agenda – 9 October 2015

Presentations:

Impact of climate change on infrastructure in Wales – Geoff Ogden, Atkins

UK Infrastructure Operators Adaptation Forum – John Dora, Chair

RainScape – Andrew Harris, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Asset Management of Coastal Structures – Kevin Giles, Network Rail

Background reports:

Infrastructure Report card developed by LWEC (Living with Environmental Change):

http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/partnerships/lwec/products/report-cards/infrastructure/

Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) – Summary for Wales 2012

Breakout sessions:

Breakout Groups

Feedback from the discussions will be available shortly.

The aim of the event was to help people understand:

  • How current severe weather and future climate change will impact the infrastructure sector
  • How to identify the risks and opportunities facing the sector
  • What sources of help and information are available and how to access them.
  • Actions you can take to improve the resilience of your sector to severe weather and climate change impacts – in terms of both keeping your existing systems working, and designing new assets and systems.