Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to conduct research to support the Government’s third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment.

Climate resilience experts at WSP are supporting the CCC on a project that will form part of the Committee’s independent Evidence Report to Government, due to be published in 2021. The project, led by WSP, aims to identify and better understand the links and cascading effects that climate change risks have within (and across) the natural environment, built environment and infrastructure sectors. The findings of this project will help the UK Government and policy makers understand how to achieve effective adaptation outcomes at least cost and avoid unintended consequences.

WSP are responsible for the overall delivery of the project and will lead the review of existing systems models and look at applying a systems lens to understand what climate risks might mean for society in the future.

Partnering with WSP, and working collaboratively to bring together expertise from across the sectors, Risk Solutions (alongside ADAS and UCL), will lead the development of a dependency model to capture interacting risks (and cascades) across the built environment, natural environment and infrastructure sectors.  

“This is an important project that will make significant contributions to the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment evidence report”, explains Dr. Paul Munday, Climate Resilience Lead at WSP. “Effective adaptation to climate change cannot be undertaken without careful consideration of the cross-cutting nature of risks, and trade-offs or synergies between the actions that we take to adapt. Understanding how risks interact is critical for assessing the overall costs and benefits of developing policy interventions.”

Work on the project has now commenced and will continue until January 2020.


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About WSP

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 48,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.