Our goal is to help industries, critical infrastructure owners, and the financial sector to reduce the impact of extreme weather, natural disasters and climate change before events occur – in order to secure reliability and predictability of delivery and operations, ensure the efficient and uninterrupted operations of assets, potentially reduce the costs of insurance and loans, and enable informed investment decision making.

In addressing climate-related risks, I see the trend moving from Protection to Risk Reduction to Resilience, where Resilience combines hard infrastructure with adaptation as well as organsational measures, disaster management and early warning systems.

Lisette Heuer

Global Director Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV

Resilience of critical infrastructure

Today, businesses and industries have complex supply chains and distribution channels spanning continents. Delay or fall out of this infrastructure has an immediate impact on delivery processes and, hence, on an organisation’s bottom line.

Resilience of critical infrastructure – such as ports, airports, energy, water and transport networks – leverages 24/7 operational business continuity; and is determined by measures that respond to both global and local contexts. We work with critical infrastructure operators to enable better resilience to climate-related hazards.

Ensuring business continuity

The production networks, supply chains and distribution channels of multinationals traverse many countries in the world. Due to the global nature of these networks, any local disruption of infrastructure will lead to global disruption of supply and delivery of goods.

Harnessing the power of digital expertise and services supports business continuity by enabling the mitigation of risks and reduction of climate impacts to businesses’ operational processes and practices. This includes predictive analysis, forecasting, early warning and alerting to increase water and climate resilience.

Insurers and reinsurers, banks and investors

The disruption or fall out of critical infrastructure, transport and mobility networks have a significant impact on the profit and loss of businesses’ outputs, assets and cargo. Climate change risk reduction and therefore impacts the portfolios of insurers and reinsurers, banks and investors.

It is not a stand-alone solution and understanding complex information is key to making informed decisions. We work to ensure that our clients benefit from the considerable opportunities that new technologies in data science, natural hazard modelling and forecasting can provide to ensure that climate-related losses and damages are kept to a minimum.

Resilience is the capacity of social, economic and environmental systems to cope with a hazardous event or trend or disturbance, responding or reorganizing in ways that maintain their essential function, identity and structure while also maintaining the capacity for adaptation, learning and transformation.

The Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change