At Atkins, we identify the threats and opportunities of climate and climate change and design robust adaptation plans for the built and natural environment.
We help our clients answer questions such as:
- How will climate change affect my organization?
- Where are the biggest risks?
- Who is particularly vulnerable?
- When should I act?
- What will it cost?
- How can I manage uncertainties?
Our experienced team of climate change experts provides:
Strategic advice on climate change policy and regulation
We develop socioeconomic scenarios alongside climate change scenarios to help government bodies and private sector organizations understand the true impact of climate change. We can develop and implement policies to adapt to or mitigate climate change and can assess the consequences of emissions reduction pathways on economic sectors.
Climate change vulnerability assessment
We undertake thorough assessments of the threats and opportunities of climate change based on:
- Assessment of weather-related risks
- Interpretation and development of future scenarios
- Data analysis and modeling including use of probability projections and weather generators
- Vulnerability assessment
Atkins provides evidence-based advice on the practicality, affordability, and delivery of adaptation at policy, programmatic, and project/operational levels, including:
- Methods to increase adaptive capacity
- Solutions for realizing adaptation
- Prioritization and optimization of responses
- Advice on the management of uncertainties
Atkins' climate change capabilities include the following:
Environmental planning and impact analysis
Atkins possesses a strong record of exemplary performance for a variety of public and private projects in the areas of environmental planning, documentation, and permitting. These assignments have involved some of the most stringent federal, state, and local regulations governing environmental policy throughout North America such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Climate action planning
With global warming now appearing in the news regularly, many organizations are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop climate action plans to help them achieve their short- and long-term goals. Atkins is already developing community plans that are economically feasible, meaningful, and sustainable.
Environmental Policy Act compliance
As specialists in the implementation of environmental policy at the federal (National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA]) and state levels, Atkins strategically guides clients through the environmental review process. To assure a successful outcome for projects, we provide comprehensive services aimed at creating integrated, practical, cost-effective solutions to complex environmental issues.
Greenhouse gas mitigation
Our carbon management capability provides our clients with a full spectrum of mitigation opportunities from renewable energy sources for buildings to spatial planning that reduces transportation demand. Atkins is an industry leader in providing greenhouse gas emissions inventories and analyses for project-specific applications at both federal and state levels.
Climate Change Tools
We develop a range of tools to help businesses and stakeholders understand, manage, and monitor climate change, impacts, and adaptation, including:
- Decision support systems
- Adaptive management
- Scenario based planning
- Indicator development
- GIS (geographic information systems)
Furthermore, we move quickly to develop new engineering and scientific methodologies and tools which can be used to predict, gauge, and mitigate the affects of climate change around the world. In fact, Atkins' research and development program (R&D) program was established to encourage the development of exciting cutting-edge technologies that could help stakeholders and regulators develop appropriate means of addessing these issues.