Connecting with a Low-Carbon Future
Climate Risk have been working closely with Telstra and have prepared the report Connecting with a Low-Carbon Future. This report shows that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is already delivering major emission abatement and energy savings worth about $1.6bn. If fully realised these carbon opportunities would deliver $9bn to the Australian economy and reduce national emissions by 5%. The report was released in Melbourne by Telstra Group Managing Director Paul Geason.
Sydney Water - Full Automation of Asset Data Transfer
Sydney Water has well over a million hydraulic transfer, plant and linear assets. This project plans to execute a total importation of all appropriate Sydney Water asset data, as a complementary project to the AdaptWaterTM Project listed below, using this new project to develop and demonstrate automated database-to-database scripts. This is the most ambitious undertaking of its kind in the world and will establish Sydney Water as the world's first infrastructure utility with the capacity for full asset resilience computation for existing hazards, future extreme events and incremental changes such as sea level rise.
AdaptWaterTM Climate Change Adaptation Tool for the Water Industry
The AdaptWater tool is being developed as a climate change adaptation tool for the Australian urban water industry. The project has been developed by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Sydney Water, in association with Climate Risk Pty Ltd, receiving co-funding from the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) as part of the DCCEE Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways (CAP) program. In addition to Sydney Water, WSAA project partners include Melbourne Water, SA Water, Queensland Urban Utilities, Water Corporation and City West Water.
Climate Change and the Community Welfare Sector – Risks and Adaptation: A Project with the Australian Council of Social Service
People experiencing poverty and disadvantage will be affected first and worst by climate change, including the impacts of extreme weather events and natural disasters. The community welfare sector provides essential services to those struggling to meet basic needs. As climate change impacts worsen, more people will turn to organisations that provide assistance and yet there is very little understanding about how the sector itself is placed to cope with climate change risks. This research project funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) aims to fill the gaps in the understanding of these complex issues through a national survey, a round of national workshops and failure analysis.
Pilot Council Insurance Partnership on Climate Adaptation Methods
The PCIP project brings together Insurers and Local Government to see how, by sharing information and strategies, they can minimise the cost of both insurance and adaptation for their clients and rate payers. The project has involved the development of building resilience analysis tools, cost-benefit systems for comparing adaptation actions like sea walls, planning rules and planned retreat, and also on-line, real-time location profiling using GIS hazard maps. Project participants can access BRRT1 here.