Climate-proofing is a process that integrates climate change mitigation and adaptation measures when planning, developing, executing and monitoring infrastructure projects. This way, institutional and private investors will be able to make informed decisions on projects aligning with the Paris Agreement and country-specific climate objectives.
Climate-proofing stipulates that the operation, maintenance and final decommissioning of any project should be carried out in a climate-neutral way, including circular economy considerations, such as the recycling or repurposing of materials. Moreover, the climate resilience of new infrastructure projects should be ensured through adequate adaptation measures.
Climate-proofing is currently described in general policy documents, outlining the key principles for achieving compliance. Less guidance is until today available on a sector-specific level.