THE RISK FROM THE ENVIRONMENT ON YOUR PROJECT
Climate Impact Statements
How they're different
A Climate Impact Statement addresses the impact of the environment on the project and seeks to minimize any failure or damage to existing or new developments, infrastructure, or ecosystem service over the course of its life cycle. When assessing potential climate risks, we are dealing with the likelihood of events that have not yet occurred. The CIS process is unique in its ability to integrate the complexity of the physical and ecological systems around the project or environmental service and provide a range of events that might happen. These include, for example, natural disasters, the spread of dangerous substances, and ecosystem changes leading to food and health security issues. A CIS can be used in much the same capacity as an Environmental Impact Statement except that CIS will address the impact of the environment on the project instead of the impact of the project on the environment. A CIS provides applicable data on what environmental risks the project, development, or ecosystem service will face in 10, 20, 50+ years.
A CIS addresses current gaps in the Environmental Impact Statements by being dynamic in its approach. The CIS is a living document, it is not a static one-time process, but rather evolves and responds to the environment as changes occur. The CIS facilitates interdisciplinarity and mutual understanding between different knowledge systems by promoting interactions among all stakeholders including, indigenous peoples, local communities, and scientists. Cross-fertilization among a diversity of knowledge systems contributes to new evidence and improves the capacity to interpret conditions, change, responses, and in some cases, causal relationships in the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Socio-economic changes include changes in ecosystem services, urban sprawl, land use, to name a few. They are also the ones most likely to be noted in observational and traditional knowledge systems. By incorporating local traditional knowledge into the CIS process, we can monitor and adapt our climate impact models to reflect the real-world changes as they occur.
ADAPTATION & RESILIENCE
TBEC’s CIS provides trusted mitigation and resilience advice to private and public sector clients worldwide. We help clients understand their exposure to hazards and make better informed responses. The keen insight we provide into the physical and environmental processes, coupled with the social-economic interactions and practical experience in contrasting climates and conditions, brings oversight to work in water quality, infrastructure design, and engineering, asset management, flood mitigation, evacuation routes, disease vectors, and research. The CIS helps anticipate and adapt to the extremes of a changing climate, reducing risk and improving community and infrastructure resilience, both today and in the future.
AFFORDABLE RISK IDENTIFICATION
The CIS process is primed to be started at project start as a simple and affordable add-on process. Planning and designing projects which incorporate future climates and potential environmental impacts increase the sustainability of the project and is an investment that will pay off many times over. The 2017 natural disaster season cost the global economy a record of $307 billion. There were 16 events that cost more than $1 billion each. Large disasters slow regional economic growth for decades. However, anticipating the threats and acting in advance to reduce risk and limit losses with proactive adaptation can reduce these expenditures.
Completing a CIS only adds about 5% to initial project costs but is can save 53% in the reductions of future costs due to climate change. This reduction doesn’t include the non-tangible costs such as loss of work, impacts to health, disruptions to the supply chain, or deaths.