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Vulnerabilities of Networked Energy Infrastructure: A primer

17 Jun 19

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Considerable work has been done to understand and improve the resilience of individual infrastructure components. However, systems of components, or even systems of systems, are far less well understood. Cascade effects, where the loss of one infrastructure affects others, is a major source of vulnerability which can lead to catastrophic disruptions of essential services. Interdependencies can also lead to large-scale failures when even a single component is disrupted and results in ‘cascading’ failures within and between networks. This is particularly true for power systems, as many other lifeline infrastructure systems rely on electricity. In this study we review the literature and give a primer on the vulnerabilities of networked energy infrastructure.

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Views from insurance about the SmartResilience Project

03 Jul 19

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On 18-19 February 2019, EPFL organised a workshop of the SmartResilience project, hosted by the Swiss Re Institute in Zurich. The workshop gathered representatives from insurance and insurance experts. After providing some general considerations about insurance, resilience and critical infrastructure (CI) to describe the context in which the methodologies developed by the SmartResilience project can be used in an insurance setting, this report provides an analysis of the contribution of SmartResilience to insurance. The analysis elaborates from research made prior to the workshop, presentations made by partners of SmartResilience, and discussion among participants.

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What Are the Best Infrastructure Investments to Make? Is It Based on Economics, or Resilience, or Both?

01 Apr 18

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David Singleton, Chairman of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) considers how the launch of v2.0 of its Rating Scheme will provide input into how we should best plan, design and operate infrastructure, and look beyond purely the economic value of projects.

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City Finance Lab

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The City Finance Lab (CFL) is Europe’s first dedicated platform supporting the development of innovative financial solutions that increase investment in resilient, low-carbon and sustainable urban projects. It aims to unlock at least EUR 500 million in additional investment for climate action over the next 5 years.

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Canada Releases Climate Lens for Infrastructure Funding Assessments

04 Jun 18

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This Climate Lens is a requirement of the Investing in Canada bilateral agreements signed between Infrastructure Canada and the provinces and territories. The assessment tool will require stakeholders to report on how proposed projects contributes to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate change risks in the location, design, and planned operation of projects.

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