As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a COP26 climate statement or “communique,” to address climate change and encourage infrastructure resiliency.

Prepared by the ASCE Committee on Sustainability and approved by the ASCE Board of Direction during its quarterly meeting in October of 2021, the ASCE COP26 communique aligns with the ASCE Policy Statement 360 on climate change.

Further, the communique calls for “…developing a new paradigm for engineering practice in a world in which climate is changing but the rate and extent of change and subsequent impacts cannot be projected with a high degree of certainty.”

The climate statement recommends “…revisions to engineering design standards, codes, regulations, and associated laws that strengthen the sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure at high risk of being affected by climate change.”

ASCE 2022 President Dennis Truax asserts that “…the imperative to act now to mitigate climate change is becoming plainer by the day… engineers play as critical a role as there is in reducing carbon emissions from our infrastructure.”

© 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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