Advancing Government: How can federal agencies combat climate change and increase energy resilience with smart infrastructure?
By Michael House, Vice President of Infrastructure and Energy Solutions, Siemens Government Technologies
Climate change is now a national security priority. Increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions are introducing infrastructure vulnerabilities. Yet, climate change presents a new and very different type of national security challenge.
Unlike most conventional security threats that involve a single entity acting in specific ways and points in time, climate change is a threat multiplier. It has the potential to intersect and exacerbate other factors that contribute to security risks. For example, extreme weather and water shortages can increase the risk of political instability and terrorism.
Energy resilience and sustainability is the lifeblood of national security. When federal agencies are energy resilient, they can avoid, prepare for, minimize, adapt to, and recover from unanticipated energy disruptions. But becoming energy resilient requires a shift in investment and effort to facilitate large-scale, climate-smart infrastructure.
In this article, I examine the ways in which federal agencies can improve energy resilience and sustainability through smart infrastructure.