Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in built environments

This project aims to facilitate climate change adaptation and mitigation across Australia’s built environment: progressing climate change action, informing investment decisions and reducing harm and cost of climate change impacts.

Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in built environments

Background:

Cities are significant contributors to climate change, and therefore offer significant potential to achieve rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in line with international agreements such as the Paris Agreement. This agreement seeks to limit warming to 1.5oC by 2100. Significant economic, environmental, social, and cultural benefit can be gained for Australian cities if action to address climate change impacts occurs sooner rather than later.

Research Method:

The project will use multiple methods of research including policy evaluation; key stakeholder interviews; focus groups and workshops.  An expert reference group will provide important perspectives across the project’s duration.

Expected outcomes:

This project intends to generate new knowledge to ensure Australian cities are planned, designed, constructed and managed to minimise greenhouse gas emissions, and to ensure they are well adapted to the changes in climate that cannot be avoided.

An expected outcome of this project is a framework for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation across the built environment to provide guidance for practitioners and policy makers. This would provide significant benefit to Australia by advancing the further development and integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions across Australia’s built environment sectors (design, urban planning, construction and property). It will contribute to emissions reductions and facilitate a built environment that is well adapted to climate change risk. The project’s findings will inform investment decisions, and reduce the harm and cost predicted as a result of climate change.

Project details

Major sponsor

  • Australian Research Council (2020 – 2022)

Research partner

  • Université libre de Bruxelles

Project team

Contact

A/Prof. Anna Hurlimann