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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Some interesting research going on at Imperial College London bringing together interests in the visualization of complex engineering projects, and interests in interdependencies across different kinds of infrastructure systems, towards systems engineering in a human-natural environment.
As part of the Autumn 2018 Budget statement in the UK, the National Infrastructure Commission announced a study on the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure systems. The study will consider what action government should take to ensure that infrastructure can cope with future changes, disruptions, shocks and accidents.
Meaningful policy measures that address rising CO2 from international aviation and shipping remain inadequate. This article in Climate Policy journal quantifies 2 ºC pathways for these sectors, highlighting the need for mitigation measures to be urgently accelerated.
Great questions have a catalytic quality — they dissolve barriers to creative thinking and channel the pursuit of solutions into new, accelerated pathways. The MIT Leadership Center’s Hal Gregersen says brainstorming in “question bursts” is the best way for innovative leaders and problem solvers to find solutions.
What do we mean when we speak in terms of “resilience?” Why has “resilience” become the hot buzzword, and why is it useful for political leaders who want to avoid saying the words “climate change?” This paper is published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists journal.
This paper by RE.bound Program, and re:focus partners llc, offers a path forward for governments at all levels – cities, states, federal agencies, and international aid programs – to align public-sector disaster risk reduction measures with private insurance using Resilience Bonds.