New infrastructure report card commissions climate change impact reviews
Stakeholder involvement is being encouraged
Card will be launched in the Autumn
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LWEC's Infrastructure Report Card


The LWEC partnership is working with leading experts to produce an Infrastructure Climate Change Impacts Report Card for publication in 2014.

Welcome to our first newsletter to keep you in touch with progress on the UK's first climate
change impacts report card on Infrastructure. We thought a newsletter would be the best way to provide briefings and opportunities to contribute to the project without needing to attend time-consuming meetings. Scroll through the sections to find what's new and interesting to you.


What will the card provide?

The infrastructure card will be produced to the same high standard as the previous cards in the series: Water and Terrestrial Biodiversity to provide up-to-date, reliable and accessible information on current and future climate change impacts on the UK Infrastructure sector:
  • Up-to-date: Drawing on the latest peer-reviewed research and generated in just
  • under a year, the card will provide an expert synthesis of the current state of play.
  • Reliable: Expert contributors and peer reviewers selected for their in-depth knowledge and experience in their field. Confidence ratings provided for each section of the card.
  • Accessible: Plain-English, well illustrated, click-through briefing organized in themes of relevance to different players in the sector.

Who is it for?

People will find the card most useful when they need a handy and reliable check list of different climate impacts, for instance: when they are about to invest in, plan and specify new infrastructure or are upgrading existing systems, or when considering logistics and resilience in supply chains; working out insurance premiums; compiling risk registers, or for business economists considering the costs of different adaptation options and in different policy contexts where a quick reminder of climate impacts on infrastructure would be advisable.

The card will also be another way to bring a very wide research community together to share and integrate different sources of knowledge. It will provide research funders with a snapshot of where more investment in climate impacts research would be most helpful.


The report card will use the definition of infrastructure used in The National Infrastructure Plan. It will cover: Energy, Water, Transport and Information and Communications Technology and in addition it will include Waste. The working papers for the card will review and pull together evidence in these sectors but the card itself will be organized using a climate-risk focus, e.g. temperature, rain/drought, storminess, overheating and so on. You will find more information about the themes to be covered and card structure on the Infrastructure Report Card webpage.

We are working with leading experts in their respective fields and have commissioned technical papers on the following topics:


  • Rail
  • Road including motor vehicle, cycling and walking
  • Inland waterway
  • Port & Marine


  • Potable water: Water supply, treatment and distribution
  • Waste water & sanitation: Waste water collection, treatment and disposal( including consequences for the environment)
  • Flood and coastal erosion management: Including urban flooding, green infrastructure, water sensitive design etc.
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Service structures (e.g., masts, towers, and underground structures) and networks


  • Solid waste management – disposal, thermal processes, bio and mechanical processing, collection, (other e.g. construction, agricultural)


  • Nuclear, Coal, Oil & Gas - exploration, production, generation, sensitivity to water availability
  • Renewables generation
  • Power systems, transmission and distribution

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

  • Service structures (e.g., masts, towers, and underground structures) and networks

There has been a very enthusiastic response to the project from authors even though we all recognize how hard it often is to integrate evidence from different sectors in order to grasp the cumulative or domino effect of climate impacts when multiple systems are affected. However, this is considered to be a mature area of science with excellent networks of interest such as the ARCC network and the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium so we are not short of support and fresh insights for which the working group leading card development are very grateful.

Our timetable

As at the end of February we have commissioned all the necessary working papers from our
sector experts and we will be making early drafts of these available to the Adaptation Sub-
Committee so that any new information can be fed into their reporting in February. We will then
begin to develop the first draft of the report card. We will consult with stakeholders and refine the
draft throughout the summer with a view to publishing the final report on the LWEC website in
Autumn 2014.

Who is writing the card?

The report card is being developed by a working group chaired by Professor Richard Dawson of
Newcastle University. The working group includes representatives from UKCIP, NERC,
ESPRC, Adaptation Sub-Committee and the Environment Agency.

How can I get involved?

We will engage stakeholders through existing fora such as the Infrastructure Operator Adaptation Forum and the ARC network once we have developed our first draft. We are also considering whether some online meetings or webinars might be another route for you to engage with this project. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved and watch out for further announcements.

For more information please contact:

Richard Dawson, Working Group Chair (
Andrew Onobrakpeya. Project Manager (

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