Addressing the Effects of Climate Change in Environmental Assessments

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November 29, 2018

Presented by:

  • Dr. Philip Byer (Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto)

Climate change has major implications for the planning and design of many types of projects. Climate-related events such as heat waves and flooding, as well as more gradual changes in average climate, can affect the condition and performance of project infrastructure and can change the effects of the project on the environment. While climate conditions have long been considered in project planning processes, typical practices do not yet adequately address the effects of climate change. This webinar presents a set of best and emerging practices for addressing this in Environmental Assessments (EAs), based on a recent report published by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources and Risk Science International. Also important, but not addressed here, are the effects of the project on climate change through greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.