OECD Environment Working Papers

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Climate-resilient infrastructure

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Author(s):
Lola Vallejo, Michael Mullan1
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  • 1: OECD, France

25 Apr 2017
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No.:
121
Pages:
74
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/02f74d61-en

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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.

Keywords:
climate change, risk management, infrastructure, adaptation
JEL Classification:
  • H54: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / Infrastructures ; Other Public Investment and Capital Stock
  • O18: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis ; Housing ; Infrastructure
  • Q54: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Climate ; Natural Disasters and Their Management ; Global Warming
 
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