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ICE to work on plan to help global cities resists climate change effects

ICE Council has approved a four-year programme of work on infrastructure planning for global cities, proposed as part of the Institution’s Shaping the World initiative.

The Shaping the World Cities programme, aims to change the way medium sized, growing cities across the world plan their infrastructure so they can become more resilient against the effects of climate change.

There are over 1,600 medium sized cities, with populations of between 500,000 and 2M. These cities - unlike megacities such as New York, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo - have smaller administrations and little capability to manage a fast rate of change.

Keith Clarke

Clarke: Helping cities develop climate change resilience programmes

ICE research shows that none of them appears to have mature plans to adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects.

The four year programme will involve engaging with cities and developing tools that can help them implement change. Tools include future climate data, standards and design tools, measurement systems, and usable infrastructure definitions. Cities will be grouped depending on their climate and economic profiles to help them develop common standards and tools.

ICE vice president Keith Clarke, who presented the idea to Council, said the programme was unique in its approach.

“This programme will develop and bring together a series of work streams that will allow builders and operators of city infrastructure to not only ensure that infrastructure is more resilient to climate change, but also tomitigate it by having clear, progressive and agreed standards.” he said.

“The outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this year is expected to move the debate on the transition to a low carbon economy from ‘if’ to ‘how’. The ICE, in its Shaping the World initiative, is ideally positioned to instigate and facilitate a step change in the design and operation of city infrastructure systems.”

Following Council’s approval, the programme will now be developed further. The progr-amme will be managed by the Shaping the World board, with progress reported to the ICE executive board.

The Shaping the World appeal, launched in 2013, aims to bring together the best civil engineering minds across the globe to help alleviate the effects of major future challenges. The appeal has attracted donations totalling £1M, and is funding projects such as a resilience lecture series and a report to be presented to the Hong Kong government exploring low carbon living for a high density environment beyond 2030.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Barry Walton

    Is the institution missing a trick here? There are around 76 countries with populations of less than 2 million people.

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