Climate-resilient infrastructure: Getting the policies right

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 04/2017
Authors: Lola Vallejo, Michael Mullan
Publishing institution: OECD
City: France
Series title: OECD Environment Working Papers
Document number: No. 121

Climate change will affect all types of infrastructure, including energy, transport and water. Rising temperatures, increased flood risk and other potential hazards will threaten the reliable and efficient operation of these networks, with potentially large economic and social impacts. Decisions made now about the design, location and operation of infrastructure will determine how resilient they will be to a changing climate.

This paper provides a framework for action aimed at national policymakers in OECD countries to help them ensure new and existing infrastructure is resilient to climate change. It examines national governments’ action in OECD countries, and provides recent insights from professional and industry associations, development banks and other financial institutions on how to make infrastructure more resilient to climate change.

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