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11MAY
2016
Report: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Port of Manzanillo: Climate Risk Management
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

This study centres on the Port of Manzanillo in the State of Colima, Mexico. It is one of the main cargo ports in the world and accounts for 60% of cargo on the Mexican Pacific coast and 46% of all the containerised cargo in the country.

Downtime for the port is a big deal. On a typical day the port handles around 19 million tons of cargo so when there’s a problem that forces the port to close, even for a day, it costs a lot of money. In fact port authorities have calculated that it costs over 300,000 Mexican Pesos (USD $16627) per hour of downtime.

The importance of taking action on climate change has been emphasised in recent years as Manzanillo port has been forced to close on several occasions due to flooding. With sea level rise, ports around the world can expect greater incidence of coastal flooding to occur in the future.

Recognising this, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Administración Portuaria Integral of Manzanillo S.A. de C.V (API Manzanillo) decided take action. They commissioned a group of consultants lead by Acclimatise, to assess the capacity of the port to respond to potential climate change risks and to foster opportunities stemming from early action and adaptation responses.

The study analyses how climate-related risks and opportunities could affect the various elements of the Port of Manzanillo’s value chain, and identifies and quantifies (where possible) the key risks and opportunities. It identifies three main climate risks facing the port:

1.     Flooding of access roads;

2.     Infrastructure damage from flooding; and

3.     Increased sediment in the port that could prevent ships from accessing the port.

The study goes on to present 21 adaptation options to increase the port's resilience.

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11MAY
2016
Informe: BID: Puerto de Manzanillo: Gestion de Riesgos Climaticos
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

Este estudio se centra en el puerto de Manzanillo, en el estado de Colima en México. Es uno de los principales puertos de carga en el mundo y representa el 60% de la carga en la costa del Pacífico de México y el 46% de toda la carga en contenedores en el país. 

El tiempo de inactividad es un gran problema para el puerto. En una jornada típica, el puerto maneja alrededor de 19 millones de toneladas de carga. Si hay un problema que obliga al puerto a cerrar, aunque sea por un día, cuesta mucho dinero. De hecho las autoridades portuarias han calculado que cuesta más de 300.000 pesos mexicanos (USD $ 16627) por hora de tiempo de inactividad.

La importancia de tomar acción sobre el cambio climático ha aumentado en los últimos años. El puerto de Manzanillo se ha visto obligado a cerrar en varias ocasiones debido a inundaciones. Con el aumento del nivel del mar, puertos en todo el mundo sufrirán una mayor incidencia de inundaciones litorales en el futuro.

Reconociendo esto, el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y la Administración Portuaria Integral de Manzanillo SA de C.V (API Manzanillo) decidieron tomar acción. Se encargó a un grupo de consultores, dirigido por Acclimatise, para evaluar la capacidad del puerto para responder a los posibles riesgos del cambio climático y fomentar oportunidades derivadas de respuestas de acción y adaptación temprana.

El estudio analiza cómo los riesgos y oportunidades relacionados con el clima podrían afectar a los diversos elementos de la cadena de valor del Puerto de Manzanillo, e identifica y cuantifica (en lo posible) los principales riesgos y oportunidades. El estudio identifica tres principales riesgos climáticos que enfrenta el puerto:

  1. La inundación de las vías de acceso;
  2. Daños de infraestructura por causa de inundaciones; y
  3. El aumento de sedimentos en el puerto que podría evitar el acceso de buques al puerto.

El estudio presenta 21 opciones de adaptación para aumentar la capacidad de recuperación del puerto.

Este documento es la version en lengua Española del informe.

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The US Northwest
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on the US northwest.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The US Northeast
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on the US northeast.


 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The US Midwest
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on the US midwest.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The US Southeast
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on the US southeast.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The US Southwest
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on the US southwest.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The US Great Plains
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on the US great plains.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: Alaska
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. These locally-specific fact sheets will be of interest to state legislators and companies in the relevant regions. This fact sheet focuses on Alaska.

 

 

 

 

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27JAN
2015
Fact sheet: GSA: How will climate change impact telecommunications and data center companies: The USA
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

The GSA has released a series of two-page fact sheets that highlight the climate risks to telecommunications and data centres in different regions of the US. This is an overview fact sheet that looks at the US as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

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09JAN
2015
Report: General Service Administration (GSA): 'Climate Risk Study for Telecommunications and Data Center Services'
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

The Climate Risks Study for Telecommunications & Data Centre Services study - produced for the GSA by Riverside Technology Inc. and Acclimatise - investigates how climate change will impact the sector.

The report looks not only at the headline-grabbing impacts of extreme weather events, such as those incurred by Hurricane Sandy, but also the risks brought on by slow-onset, gradual changes to the base climate.

 

 

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18DEC
2014
Report: EEA: Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

Changes in climate — such as increases in temperature, sea level rise, changes in rainfall, and the increase in frequency and intensity of some extreme weather events — will seriously challenge the transport system, which is an important pillar of the economy and society. When movement of people, goods or services is hindered, the indirect costs to the economy can be many times higher than the direct cost of damaged transport infrastructure. This is why “mainstreaming ofadaptation in infrastructure planning is needed now”, argues the European Environment Agency (EEA) in a recently published report exploring the vulnerability of transport systems to climate change.

 

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16JUL
2014
Report: CDP: "Protecting our capital: How climate adaptation in cities creates a resilient place for business"
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

Cities are undoubtedly leading the way on climate change, with over 200 cities worldwide now actively reporting their climate risks. This is the latest positive news from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a London-based NGO focused on driving sustainable economies. In a report released this week, CDP observe a 90% increase on the number of cities reporting on climate adaptation activities last year, indicating the seriousness with which local governments are approaching the dangers posed by rising sea levels, heat waves and resource scarcity.

 

 

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17APR
2014
Report: Swiss Re: Sigma 2013: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

 Key findings of the report include:  

  - Total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 140 billion in 2013

  - Global insured losses were around USD 45 billion in 2013, with large contributions from flooding and hail events

  - Around 26 000 lives were lost in natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013

  - A special chapter on climate change in the sigma says rising global temperatures are expected to lead to shifts in the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme weather events

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28MAR
2014
Report: CDP / Acclimatise: Climate Change Resilience in Europe: A snapshot of the private sector
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The CDP report “Climate Change Resilience in Europe” provides actionable insight for businesses and serves as an invaluable tool to facilitate informed decision making by business leaders, governments and policy makers across Europe.

The report’s key findings include:

- Businesses identify two climate risks by climate change for every one opportunity (responding companies identified 780 risks compared to 379 opportunities).

- The most anticipated risk companies cite is a reduction or disruption in production capacity (32% of all reported risks).

- Two in five companies anticipate increased demand for existing goods and services (43% of all reported opportunities). One in five expect new products or services to be profitable in a changing climate (18% of all reported opportunities).

- Risks are perceived differently across sectors, with financial companies accounting for nearly one third of all critical risks mentioned in the survey (33%), followed by consumer discretionary companies (25%).

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11MAR
2014
Report: Acclimatise and Oxfam America: PREP Value Chain Climate Resilience
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

This guide has been developed by companies and organizations engaged in the Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP) — a pilot partnership formed to address the risks and opportunities that climate change impacts pose to businesses and the communities on which they depend. One of the primary goals of PREP is to engage and inform good practice in companies as it relates to building climate resilience in partnership with communities. This guidance has been developed on behalf of the PREP member companies Calvert Investments, Entergy, Levi Strauss & Co., Earth Networks, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Starbucks, and Swiss Re.

The report was prepared by Jean-Christophe Amado and Peter Adams (Acclimatise). Heather Coleman (Oxfam America) and Ryan Schuchard (BSR) were lead contributors.

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26FEB
2014
Report: EBRD and IFC: Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Turkey are increasingly concerned about the scale of the climate challenge facing their operations. In a country where water scarcity is a growing problem, their anxiety is not unfounded. SMEs also struggle to decide on the most effective strategies to reduce climate risk, according to a ground-breaking study, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The study identifies opportunities for business investment to effectively manage the risks associate with climate change.

The ‘Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey’, identifies priority actions for Turkish businesses to increase their climate resilience. The research, undertaken by Acclimatise, Mavi Consultants and COWI, aims to help businesses identify the measures that make business sense.

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22JAN
2014
Report: Global Risks Report 2014: The World Economic Forum, Davos.
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Features, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2014 report; a compendium of the most significant systemic risks to global prosperity according to 700 experts. Climate change is identified as one of the top 5 risks over the next 10 years.

The report assesses 31 risks that are global in nature and have the potential to have major negative impact across entire countries and industries if they take place. The risks are grouped under five classifications – economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological – and measured in terms of their likelihood and potential impact.

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18DEC
2013
Report: EASAC: "Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), warns that climate change will bring more severe weather to Europe’s door, and that urgent action is required if member states are to be adequately prepared. Noting that ‘heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers’, the report calls for policy makers to act now at both national and EU levels.

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28OCT
2013
Report: Siemens: A Toolkit for Resilient Cities: Executive Summary
Category: Energy, Features, Government & Policy, Latest News, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

Damage caused by extreme weather evetents are increasing around the globe. In 2012, the costs of such damages totalled approximately US$160 billion worldwide. To show how cities can better protect themselves against natural disasters like hurricane Sandy, Siemens prepared a study on resilient urban infrastructure. Results show that technology is a key component of resilient and efficient infrastructure protection.

 

 

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28OCT
2013
Report: Siemens: A Toolkit for Resilient Cities
Category: Energy, Features, Government & Policy, Latest News, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

It is becoming increasingly clear that cities are important arenas for climate change adaptation. Building urban resilience to climate impacts will be vital to ensure that ever-growing populations and businesses and infrastructure investments can recover from climate-driven shocks. Damage caused by extreme weather evetents are increasing around the globe. In 2012, the costs of such damages totalled approximately US$160 billion worldwide. To show how cities can better protect themselves against natural disasters like hurricane Sandy, Siemens prepared a study on resilient urban infrastructure. Results show that technology is a key component of resilient and efficient infrastructure protection.

 

 

 

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02OCT
2013
Report: CDP: "Wealthier, Healthier Cities: How climate change action is giving us wealthier, healthier cities."
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

While national governments struggle to establish an agreed global climate deal, many of the world’s largest cities have been taking action to combat the effects of a changing climate. As a result, these cities are cutting their carbon footprint, reporting annual energy savings of up to USD 13 million, and their residents are benefiting from healthier living and better business environments. These are just some of the exciting findings from a recent report published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

 

 

The report analysed data from members of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 110 cities around the world, including Tokyo, New York, and London.

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09AUG
2013
Report: Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience: "Building our Nationís Resilience to Natural Disasters"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities today released a White Paper that calls for a more comprehensive approach to managing natural disasters. The call comes as climate-driven extreme weather events are rising in Australasia, costing lives, causing significant damage to property and infrastructure, and necessitating large quantities of public finances to support relief efforts. The ‘Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters’ report forecasts that cost of natural disasters in Australia to rise from AUS$ 6.3 billion a year currently to around AUS$ 23 billion a year in 2050 as population density increases and the severity and frequency of storms, floods, cyclones and bushfires grow.

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07AUG
2013
Guide: UK Environment Agency / IEMA: "Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK Environment Agency (EA) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) have come together to launch best-practice guidance that will help environment and sustainability professionals to develop a thorough business case and secure senior management buy-in for addressing climate risks. 'Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case’ is a 14-page guide that provides insightful learning points from practice, drawing on the experience of over 300 IEMA members.

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