Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Flagship Action 6: Climate resilient design principles and guidelines Intention Local authorities, infrastructure companies and experts (architects, civil engineers, economists) will develop a set of harmonized design guidelines for large capital investment by local authorities and wider public bodies, which sets out how to use regionally specific climate projections for climate risk assessment. This will include the activities needed in the concept development, design, financing and delivery of infrastructure. The guidelines will contain step-by-step instructions on how to supplement historic climate data with specific, regional, forward- looking climate change data. Consideration to adaptation and economic appraisal approaches which consider multiple climate scenarios, suitable to the type of asset and its design lifetime (e.g. 50 years) will also be included. The guidelines will be developed for use by communities, planners, engineers, architects and others with a role in infrastructure and the built environment in Glasgow City Region to ensure a robust, consistent, consideration of climate risk across the entire project development process. The guidelines will be developed iteratively, by focusing on specific asset classes, and drawing together learning frommajor projects currently underway in Glasgow City Region. In each case, the project teams will develop a series of guidelines. They will then draw them together into an overall set of guidance for the region. Once mature, Glasgow City Region’s local authorities will consider how the guidelines can be best applied to infrastructure and built environment projects which use public funds – such as through a voluntary approach or mandatory requirements. They will also consider the potential to establish a more substantial climate risk management system to manage and monitor progress. Recent economic analysis highlights that enhancing the climate resilience of infrastructure makes sound economic sense, with on average, the benefits outweigh costs by a ratio of 4:1. 33 Outcomes As the understanding of climate risks and the need for adaptation grows, there is a need to enhance the frameworks for long-term resilience, ensuring we continue to make climate resilient investments. This is a form of due diligence (climate risk assessment is part of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), recognizing that if not properly appraised, new developments, retrofits and refurbishments have the potential to lock in climate risks, to the mid-century and beyond. Improving climate risk assessment methods and processes will ensure assets and services work well in the future climate, as well as land, open space, water management and placemaking approaches. The guidelines will address the risks of climate change, supporting due diligence activities and improving the financial case for adaptation investment. A regional approach, as well as providing efficiencies, will ensure that adaptation and climate resilience efforts align with the overall region’s economic geography. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • Existing large-scale infrastructure projects and planning processes – e.g. Glasgow Metro, SEPA/GCC climate resilience in the planning process. • Climate risk management systems – such as those in the World Bank, European Investment Bank. • International connections – learning from other cities around the world (notably New York, Singapore, Amsterdam and London).

Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 6 8

Key partners Glasgow City Region, all eight local authorities, SPT, Transport Scotland, SEPA, Natural Hazards Partnership, SPEN, SGN, Architecture & Design Scotland, Adaptation Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire


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