What is the Climate Lens?
The Climate Lens is an assessment framework developed by Infrastructure Canada in 2018. It helps decision-makers understand the climate change risks and impacts associated with the design, construction and operation of large infrastructure projects in Canada. The Climate Lens is intended to guide infrastructure projects towards designs that minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are resilient to climate change. It is required for project funding associated with several of Infrastructure Canada’s programs, including the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) and Smart Cities Challenge.
What are the Climate Lens Requirements?
The Climate Lens includes two assessments: a GHG mitigation and climate resilience assessment. The type of assessment required depends on the type of Infrastructure Canada program being pursued, its funding stream, and the project’s estimated cost. The assessment can range from preliminary to comprehensive, depending on the magnitude of the risks identified. There are cases in which applications require either one or both assessments.
Our team includes the full spectrum of professionals required to conduct and validate Climate Lens resilience assessments: professional engineers, ISO-certified GHG accountants, climate science experts, biologists, and hydrologists. We work to understand the distinct needs, challenges, and objectives of each project and client, and can provide tailored assessments to help you navigate this new requirement.