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Climate Change Adaptation - Category Review

2013-07-29 04:03:00
Climate Change Adaptation - Category Review


To ensure the IS rating scheme remains current and relevant, ISCA will undertake a review (and implement updates where required) of the Scheme every few years.

The first Category to be reviewed is the Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Category, which was developed over two years ago.

ISCA recognises that in providing guidance on climate change adaptation, as a relatively new field, best practice is still evolving. Accordingly, this Category needs to be revised to reflect the changes to adaptation planning and performance, new innovations and the improved understanding of climate change projections and impacts. There is also a need for infrastructure to be resilient to the impacts of a changing climate and natural disasters, and for this to be encouraged and recognised through the rating tool.

ISCA has partnered with the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) to undertake a project to review the Climate Change Adaptation Category in the IS rating tool.

The aim of the project is as follows:

  • To review the current IS Climate Change Adaptation Category, making amendments and updates to the Tool
  • To review and advise on the relevance of the ‘AGIC Guideline for Climate Change Adaptation’, including consideration on how ISCA could be used as a conduit between the infrastructure industry and climate change resilience and adaption needs and knowledge

The intent of this revision is to update the current category to incorporate the latest developments in climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning, and to expand the category to also incorporate rating of infrastructure resilience to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. It is envisaged that the revised category might be renamed ‘Adaptation and Resilience’.

It is expected that this project will be completed by November 2013.

If you have any comments or wish to find out more about this project, please contact us.