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Climate Resilience: A distinct and vital international business stream, now and for the future

Dr Murray Simpson, Director of Climate Resilience

The recent World Economic Forum, Global Risk Reports have identified climate hazards as one of the ‘…most impactful risks for years to come…and extreme events as the most likely of risks…’, the World Bank has stated that climate resilience must be ‘…integrated into multi-sector and systems-wide frameworks for infrastructure…’ and businesses and investors are increasingly recognising climate change as one of the top global risks to assets, commerce and investments.

The importance of climate resilience strategies and actions for all aspects of society, businesses and government cannot be overstated; from flood defences and resilient cities, through to renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and on to major infrastructure, transport, engineering, integrated water management and beyond, climate resilience is an essential and integral part of our work all around the world.

Amec Foster Wheeler provides a distinct and high-quality, international Climate Resilience Service for our partners and clients across all sectors in all geographic regions, and we have been working to ensure our services are even more robust, cohesive and client-focused to build on the excellent work that has been conducted to date. Our Climate Resilience Service is growing and developing in stature and strength in every market, reducing risks and enhancing financial, social, environmental and operational performance for all stakeholders.

Some examples of our projects include:

  • Addressing flood events and impacts of climate change in the Caribbean
  • Climate focused environmental impact assessments for housing developments, transport networks and major infrastructure in UK/Europe
  • Working with the City of Paris to address the need for more green spaces in the flood expansion zones of the River Seine
  • Developing a performance-based design framework to evaluate the rate of return on investment in resilience engineering
  • Analysing storm data and updating hydrology for USA water resource projects
  • Conducting studies on large-scale hydrogen decarbonisation; addressing climate resilience needs for health services
  • Working as a Platform Partner with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative around the world.

We are committed to ensuring that the future of our global communities, our cities, economies, businesses and environments are climate resilient and sustainable, and we are strongly supporting Earth Day 2017’s Environmental and Climate Literacy campaign by promoting resilient engineering and climate resilience, inspiring young people through partnerships and events. Working with schools, colleges and groups, and people from around the company we are developing and delivering activities that highlight STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in engaging and positive ways to enhance awareness, education and our collective future in every way possible.

Meet the blogger

Dr Murray SimpsonDr Murray Simpson is Director of Climate Resilience at Amec Foster Wheeler, Environment & Infrastructure, providing leadership and strategic direction for climate resilience services and a focus on the integration and growth of this business stream across the company’s global operations.

Dr Simpson has a wealth of experience and exceptional expertise at the most senior international level with over 15 years working on climate resilience and sustainable development in over 60 countries on more than 150 projects around the world. He has a D.Phil. (PhD) from Oxford University, School of Geography and the Environment and possesses excellent analytical, project management and business development skills. Murray has worked extensively on climate resilience with industry and government, private sector corporations and multiple international stakeholders.

He has an outstanding record of accomplishment in negotiating, developing and delivering multiple high-value international contracts working with developed countries and emerging market economies, governments and international companies. Murray has a wide-ranging senior network and an in-depth knowledge of risk assessment, impact analyses and climate finance; he is highly experienced at managing multi-disciplinary teams and proactively delivers practical, positive and successful solutions to the challenges of complex multi-sectoral initiatives.