The Americas leg of the ICE Brunel Lecture International Lecture series addressed recurring construction issues related to extreme weather in the Caribbean, the value of resilience, and shortages of engineers and skills.
Around the world, from New Zealand to Norway, many smaller and island nations have demonstrated impressive resilience in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The presence of robust communities may be a contributory factor, believes Resilience Shift Chair Michael Bruno, so what can larger nations learn from this?
ICSI Board member, Tom Lewis, contributed to discussions on infrastructure stimulus legislation, and is leading a new focus on climate, resilience and sustainability at WSP.
Evolving, embedding and regularly reviewing our state of resilience is good for us as individuals and as organisations. Resilience Shift Board member Ruth Boumphrey explains her reasons for believing that resilience champions are essential on every board
Infrastructure networks are so complex and interlinked, that in reality we are looking at a chain of chains. And yet, as in all chains, the key to resilience lies in strengthening that weakest link, and valuing the ability to be nimble, says Resilience Shift Board member Peter Chamley
Resilience is a cross cutting element of the UN’s sustainable development goals – from access to clean water and energy to creating sustainable cities and communities. Improving infrastructure resilience is critical in creating the world we want says Resilience Shift board member and Arup’s Global Sustainable Development Leader, Jo da Silva, DBE.
The UK has commitments in place to reduce carbon emissions to 0% by 2050. However to achieve this, carbon reduction needs to be embedded in the planning, design and whole life of assets. Engineers have a key role to play in enabling this to happen by understanding how climate change affects their roles in terms of mitigation and adaptation. WFEO committee member Davide Stronati examines the climate change position in the UK.
Kenya has experienced an increase in droughts and floods in the last few years due to the effects of climate change. WFEO Engineering and the Environment committee member Christine Adongo Ogut looks at how climate change is affecting Kenya, and what is being done to reduce carbon emissions in the latest WFEO climate stories blog curated by ICE.