Engineering-led Coalition Joins Race to Resilience

Reston, VA – The International Coalition of Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) has been accepted as a partner initiative for the UNFCCC Race to Resilience global campaign.

As a Partner Initiative, ICSI has made two pledges to secure commitments from minimum 10 of the world’s largest engineering firms and individual commitments from 1,000 engineers globally to the ICSI Pledge. ICSI members will have influenced and/or delivered 12,600 projects in 2,000 cities to improve the climate resilience of 400,000,000 people by 2030.

In addition to these, specific actions will be advanced including:

  • To publish Infrastructure Pathways, a resource that brings together stakeholders from across the infrastructure lifecycle to map existing guidance and provide line of sight for practitioners to embed climate resilience within infrastructure. Infrastructure Pathways will deliver a publication and a web-based interactive platform by COP26.
  • To publish a common set of Indicators for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, allowing the engineering community to lead in providing a unified, credible and consistent definition for sustainable and resilient infrastructure and a means – through a common set of indicators – to steer concessional finance toward investing in sustainability and resilience.
  • To publish the Innovation Project Database, which will establish an overview of global climate adaptation innovations, and their best practices and government champions, based on global infrastructure research and unique engineering-based performance criteria. These findings will be communicated as a searchable database designed with a user-friendly framework for any engineering discipline or geographic location.

The Race to Resilience was launched at the Climate Adaptation Summit on Jan. 25 by Alok Sharma, COP26 president designate. The campaign sets out to catalyse a step change in global ambition for climate resilience,  pursuing a sustainable and resilient world. Through a partnership of initiatives, the campaign will focus on helping vulnerable communities to build resilience and adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea level rise.