So what did we get up to in 2021? Celebrate with us our year of progress for The Resilience Shift and our partners. Watch the short film and read a summary of our month by month highlights. Above all, thank you for your support of our work this past year.
We share below more details of the highlights of 2021 for The Resilience Shift and in collaboration with its partners Resilience First and the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure.
A new year begins with the Covid pandemic continuing into 2021, and we have a busy year ahead of us.
We take part in the GCA’s Climate Adaptation Summit 2021:
- Launch of the Race to Resilience and of our supporting role
- We shared early work on our climate resilient infrastructure guidance
- ICSI contributed to the GCA’s Stocktake of Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Standards
- The City Water Resilience Approach begins to roll out to initially three city regions as part of the Urban Water Resilience in Africa initiative
We announced our strategic partnership with Resilience First
“The strategic partnership between our two organisations creates a platform with substantial convening power, reach and voice to help build resilience in businesses and the communities in which they operate.” Simon Collins, Chair Resilience First
Our partners Resilience First launched Decarbonisation and the Role of Technology webinar series
We used World Engineering Day to launch a new series of climate resilience stories shared by ICE/WFEO – China, Australia, Canada, France, Kenya and the UK
Our partner the Coalition on Urban Transitions launched the Seizing the Urban Opportunity report with our support. This main launch and key messages was followed during the year with other launches sharing the detailed country reports for China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa
We shared different perspectives on resilience from some of the Resilience Shift Board – Ruth Boumphrey, Peter Chamley, Jo da Silva, Michael Bruno
We take part in a debate on net carbon zero and the role of the engineering community at the ICE, ASCE, CSCE Triennial
We step up our contribution to the Race to Resilience with two staff seconded to the Climate Champions team
Our partner Resilience First publishes a number of innovative resources for business audiences over the year including:
- A white paper on Decarbonisation and the role of Technology, with Intel
- Operational Resilience: A guide for non-executive directors, with Pool Re
- Re-emergence guide for SMEs – Building small business resilience, with Facebook and Russell-Cooke
We contribute to the British Science Association’s For Thought series and Seth Schultz is one of more than 300 senior leaders brought together to interrogate the key scientific and social challenges facing society
We take part in London Climate Action Week:
- We showcased our Infrastructure Pathways guidance for climate resilient infrastructure, led by ICSI.
- We shared Resilience4Ports as part of an expert panel lead by the Port of London Authority
- We focused on energy resilience at an event with the International Energy Agency.
The Tech4Resilience series launched with the support of Siemens
Our partner ICSI’s publications on engineering-led change are shared over the year as action tracks deliver
- Landscape analysis of resources for sustainable and resilient infrastructure
- ICSI Roundtable: What is the engineering community’s role in bridging the gaps on climate, sustainability, and resilience for infrastructure?
- Green Recovery and Finance for Sustainable Infrastructure
- Developing and accelerating procurement practices to enable sustainable and resilient infrastructure
ICSI joins as co-host for Sustainable Infrastructure webinar series
We take part in the Africa Cities and Built Environment Day:
- We supported the Race to Resilience participation
- We led a discussion on Seizing South Africa’s Urban Opportunity
- The City Water Resilience Approach work was shared as part of a wider collaboration on urban resilience for Africa
The IPCC Report is published with evidence that climate change is worsening. Scientists are observing ‘widespread, rapid and intensifying’ changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system.
Reinforcing the growing need for resilience building at all levels, Seth Schultz, CEO, The Resilience Shift, comments: “With the critical global actions on climate starting to accelerate, it is time too for all to urgently consider how they transform what they do, build more resilience, and contribute positively to a safe, sustainable and resilient future.”
We share our work on urban water resilience at World Water Week. We co-host a keynote on city resilience and share how the City Water Resilience Approach is being used. Sessions also feature DC Water who we have referenced in our case study series on resilience success stories.
The WMO published its data on weather-related disasters
“The number of weather, climate and water extremes are increasing and will become more frequent and severe in many parts of the world as a result of climate change,” WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas.
Seth Schultz, CEO, The Resilience Shift comments, “This report highlights how infrastructure must be prepared for the threats we can anticipate, such as the extreme weather disasters that are shown to be increasing, and respond to those we cannot predict or avoid.”
The COP Resilience Hub is announced, and website launched. We are one of three managing partners.
The BuildingtoCOP6 Coalition announces its plans for COP as its website is launched. The Resilience Shift is part of the #BuildingToCOP26 Coalition — a group of business and government networks focused on sustainability in the built environment and its potential in accelerating climate action.
Our partner Resilience First hosts a significant webinar on Lessons learned for the built environment from Grenfell Tower Fire
A new industry film on ports is released with contribution by our Resilience4Ports initiative. The film, Gateways to Growth, is launched at International Shipping Week by the British Ports Association.
Our film series Resilience Engineered is completed with the three episode trailers released.
Our partner ICSI hosts a focused webinar on guidance tools and standards and seeks further input into this work.
Africa Climate Week was an opportunity to share progress on the City Water Resilience Approach in Africa, and a reflection on our work to learn from Cape Town Day Zero.
We take part in the Innovate4Cities global conference:
- We shared the City Water Resilience Approach and its implementation in cities worldwide.
- We explored how resilient ports can unlock city resilience
- We showcased Infrastructure Pathways
- ICSI Innovation action track outputs were presented along with insights from the ICSI white paper on finance
- Resilience First shared its white paper on decarbonisation and the role of technology
- Resilience First convened city and business leaders to discuss our collaboration developing IPCC report summaries for urban policy makers.
The COP Resilience Hub event programme opens with huge support
We take part in COP26 with a number of events and partnerships:
- The Navigating a Changing Climate Coalition joins The Resilience Shift and launches its Sediment Management Pledge.
- Resilience First successful COP events include a Race to Resilience business breakfast, a members’ dinner and a pre-COP reception in partnership with Wood.
- The Infrastructure Pathways digital resource is launched
- The Resilience Realized Awards’ jurors are announced and the website opens to submissions.
- A white paper on Governance of Infrastructure for Resilience is published in partnership with CDRI and Arup.
- Plans to develop a series of IPCC summary reports for urban policymakers are announced at a special event at the Science Pavilion.
- The COP Resilience Hub takes place throughout the COP26 event, in Glasgow and virtually. See highlights film.
- We share our series of interviews with climate leaders – the Daily COPpuccinos – building on our series ‘Shifting Climate Leadership’ that follows the journey of climate leaders. We also create and share a series of Windows on Resilience updates showcasing what is happening at COP for the resilience and adaptation community of interest worldwide.
- ICSI hosts a round-table exploring next steps for engineering-led change
- The Building to COP Coalition announces its key initiatives for the built environment
We partnered with UNDRR and UCL to host a Masterclass on Stress Testing for building Infrastructure Resilience
Resilience First hosted a briefing session for business on the IPCC report and planned summary for urban policy makers.
The ICE Brunel lecture tour continued all year with Seth Schultz – East Asia, Europe, Middle East, Americas, Africa, South Asia, South-East Asia, Australia. The closing event will take place in January 2022.