Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience of Infrastructure through Resilience Standards

  Dec 2, 2023 |   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM GST |   Resilience Hub

Session Partner: World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Session Objective

To provide insights on importance and interconnectivity of codes and standards in enhancing resilience of infrastructure as well as its impact in establishing synergy in resilience standards in associated sectors.

Session Overview

Transport infrastructure relies heavily on a stable energy supply, and resilience standards in the energy sector profoundly impact transportation facilities. Climate-resilient energy systems ensure these critical facilities maintain reliable power during extreme weather events and disruptions, enhancing transport infrastructure resilience.

Climate resilience standards promote the integration of infrastructure systems, especially as energy infrastructure often overlaps with transport infrastructure through shared resources and technologies. These standards in both sectors emphasize coordinated disaster response plans, enabling transportation facilities to access emergency power and resources during climate-related disasters,supporting evacuations and emergency services.

National and regional policies play a crucial role in shaping standards in both sectors. Coordinated policies align energy and transport infrastructure resilience goals, creating a more coherent response to climate challenges. Governments and organizations offer incentives, earn extra credits from global 
green financing, and secure insurance coverage for projects spanning both energy and transport,promoting the integration of resilience measures.

Climate resilience standards in the energy sector synergize with those in transport infrastructure. Both sectors recognize the need for resilience amid climate change, influencing each other with common goals like reliable energy supply, infrastructure resilience, and greenhouse gas reduction. This collaborative approach enhances critical transportation facilities' ability to withstand climate challenges and contributes to broader community and economic climate resilience.

Session Format

The session will have panel with representation from standards making organizations of energy, transport infrastructure and mobility sectors highlighting the need to integrate resilience aspects into codes and standards as well as its influence on other associated sectors. 

Guiding Questions

  1. How do climate resilience codes and standards differ from traditional infrastructure and energy standards, and why are they necessary in today's context?
  2. Specific examples of how climate resilience standards of energy sector have positively impacted the design and construction of transport infrastructure projects?
  3. What are the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating climate data into climate resilience considerations into mobility solutions and transportation networks?
  4. What are the economic implications of implementing climate resilience standards in infrastructure, energy, and mobility? Are there cost-effective strategies for achieving resilience?