The ICE has launched the first in a series of briefing notes to help transport professionals appreciate climate change issues and help meet the associated mitigation and adaptation challenges.
ICE transport expert panel member John Parry and the Sustainability Guidance Panel Executive Group, are spearheading the campaign and the first guide is now live on ICE’s website. Further briefing notes will be provided on a quarterly basis.
One of the main drivers behind the briefing notes is that design standards, based on historical climate data only, are no longer appropriate and will need to integrate future forecast climate change to ensure that transport infrastructure will be maintained.
The guidelines will give transport professionals background knowledge and information on current work and initiatives within the field of climate change, mitigation and adaptation. It will also provide references for further reading and examples.
The first briefing note provides an overview of the impact and implications associated with climate change, as well as current legislation.
Future topics covered in the series will tackle issues such as recommendations on approaches to achieving efficient sustainable transport systems and carbon reduction, the drivers for climate change adaptation as recognised by the insurance and finance industries, as well as an assessment of future transport modes in the light of diminishing oil supplies.