Consulting & Engineering: Climate Risk Management & Adaptation


Gold MedalICF (Fairfax, Va.), one of the world's top consultancies in climate change risk management and adaptation, for notable success in 2012. During the year, ICF supported the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the creation of its Climate Change Adaptation Plan and co-developed a set of vulnerability assessment approaches for use in the design and implementation of projects in developing countries. For the World Bank, ICF developed a set of tools to assess the potential impact of climate change on the massive array of new World Bank projects.

ICF continued its role as a leader in transportation-related climate risk management, including publishing the initial results from its work examining the climate vulnerability of transportation in low-lying Mobile, Alabama, the country's largest federally funded adaptation project in a single metropolitan location. ICF also produced guidance for state DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations on using and applying climate information.

ICF helped cities cope with the effects of climate change, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Castries, St. Lucia, and Cuzco, Peru. ICF's work for the private sector was exemplified by a framework to address climate risk in the mining industry. In another project, ICF created a spatially detailed analysis of the potential economic costs of climate change on the US electricity industry.

Silver MedalAECOM (Los Angeles) for a major climate resilience study for Queensland Urban Utilities, operator of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure that was severely damaged during flooding in 2011. AECOM developed a value-for-money, risk-informed capital management program to reduce loss of service from similar future events. Working with QUU engineers, planners and asset managers, AECOM risk and asset management staff developed a comprehensive, quantitative risk assessment and prioritization tool that encompassed risks to loss of service, as well as community, environmental and financial impacts and health and safety considerations.

AECOM prioritised assets-at-risk, and developed a staged, optimised capital works program to increase resilience of the water network. A key outcome was a comprehensive approach to tracking how much risk was reduced in percentage terms for every dollar invested. This enabled the QUU Board to track residual risk alongside infrastructure investment. AECOM has completed over 100 Climate risk assessment, adaptation and resilience studies over the past few years.