Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices For Professionals

Deborah Harford and Christopher Raftis
Created: 1/03/2019 -


As the 2018 IPCC Special Report makes clear, the need to advance mitigation and adaptation is now more urgent than ever before; moreover, integrating the two streams of action in research and practice via what we call “low carbon resilience” (LCR) policy, planning, and development approaches is potentially more efficient and effective than the current, largely siloed approach. This project focused on the key role professionals play as change agents in climate action, and what is needed for all sectors to advance uptake of LCR-based practices. Communities and businesses rely on professional planners, engineers, developers, lawyers, and other experts for guidance, design, development, implementation, operations, maintenance and replacement of all aspects of society’s systems. Professionals are seminal in supporting and supplementing capacity at the local scale, where climate change impacts are felt most prominently, and where the greatest burden of response typically resides. It is therefore urgent that professionals are equipped to help local governments think through cost-effective plans that transcend outdated planning modes by integrating an LCR lens; many professionals are well placed to do this as staff or service providers. This report presents the results of a year-long project based on ACT’s investigation into LCR over the prior two years and the feedback from and priorities established by local, provincial and national professional sector representatives.



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Adaptation Phase
Community / Local
Regional / Subnational
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning