Policy paper

Infrastructure, engineering and climate change adaptation: ensuring services in an uncertain future

Assessing the impact of climate change on current and future engineering infrastructure, and recommendations on how to adapt.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Infrastructure, engineering and climate change adaptation

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This report sets out the engineering profession’s views on how to adapt the infrastructure system to the long-term effects of climate change and the short-term shocks of extreme weather.

It was carried out by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

It includes findings and recommendations for action in the following areas:

  • planning
  • regulation and governance
  • technology and innovation
  • information and learning
  • engineering profession and skills
  • public engagement and communication
Published 9 February 2011