Resilience First reviews latest pressures on UK hospitality sector: What does UK hospitality need to become more resilient?

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Two years on from the UK’s first lockdown, the hospitality sector remains at the forefront of major pressures when one considers the global uncertainty the pandemic continues to generate, the labour and supply fallouts from Brexit, climate change, and now the conflict in Ukraine.

World-leading engineering firms join forces to advance infrastructure sustainability, resilience and climate action

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Resilience First, in partnership with the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), has today announced the launch of the Engineering Leadership Group (ELG), a new engagement platform to capture the voice of global engineering firms.

Green Bonds - the need to address climate change

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On 15 February 2022, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced he was committing £90M to help unlock more than £500M of private sector investment through green bonds. With the move towards green investment and an increasing focus on Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) strategies, green bonds are rapidly emerging as an attractive proposition for many cities, governments, and private companies.

Summary for Urban Policymakers

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Resilience First is part of a unique collaboration to co-create a Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) that will present the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in accessible and targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale. It will be published as a four-volume series over the course of the 2022 calendar year culminating in a report to be released at COP 27.

Early warnings: learning lessons

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The Kedarnath tragedy in Uttarakhand (India) in mid-2013 highlights lessons around resilience which are still pertinent today. Savin Bansal, as Master's student at UCL, reviews some of those lessons and the need not just for better early warning systems but also the people to put the warnings into practical effect.

Converting warnings into actions

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As the scale and frequency of severe disasters are likely to increase in the coming years, climate change being just one driver, then it is important to overcome the impediments to inaction and not place an over-reliance on early warning systems to overcome people-centric deficits. A new report sheds light on how to enhance warnings.

Protect Duty - a further step to legislation

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A Ministerial statement published on 11 January gives the government's position on the outcome of the consultation exercise around any potential 'Protect Duty' legislation to improve security measures that could protect the public from terrorist attacks. Resilience First has been very supportive of the initiative since the beginning and reviews the latest response.

Holding back the water

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With more properties at risk of flooding, certain insurers are adopting new ways to help customers deal with the trauma and the damage. We can expect to see more innovation from the sector as costs rise for all parties.

Our CEO, Michael Rooney, reflects on Resilience First at COP26

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As with any other year, COP26 has not been without controversy. From charges of a locked-out Global South to ableism to the high carbon footprint of the conference menu, COP26 has attracted significant criticism in the media and on social channels. It’s difficult, too, not to come to the conclusion that the COP has largely become a PR circus, as actors across governments, NGOs, and activism jostle to advance their respective climate change agendas.