Sustainable and resilient infrastructure

Climate change is arguably the most critical global issue of our time, having a disproportionate impact on the poorest and most marginalised communities. Our focus in this area looks at how the design of public infrastructure must take into account the forecasted impacts of climate change and seek to minimise and mitigate these impacts especially for economic and socially vulnerable groups. This requires infrastructure projects to be designed and built to be resilient and innovative to help achieve carbon neutrality and other positive climate impacts.

Future work in this area

We will be carrying out an initial scoping exercise to guide our work on this issue, this will help us to identify key issues and map stakeholders and current initiatives. From this, we will know how best we can influence the agenda, the objectives we should pursue and the type of work needed to meet our objectives.

Our work related to climate change and infrastructure

Exploring infrastructure opportunities and challenges

In June 2011, Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) published the report Climate Compatible Development in the Infrastructure Sector exploring in depth the opportunities and challenges created by climate change in the infrastructure sector in the developing world.

The ASPIRE framework

ASPIRE provides an integrated planning, monitoring and evaluation tool for appraising the sustainability and poverty reduction performance of infrastructure projects. Developed through a unique partnership between EAP and Arup International Development, the ASPIRE framework examines the social, environmental, economic and institutional dimensions of sustainability. It helps stakeholders involved in funding, commissioning and implementing infrastructure projects to understand and evaluate the implications of infrastructure provision and its contribution to sustainable development throughout the project cycle. Read more.