Benn called on the sector to lead the way in building Britain’s future infrastructure – from transport networks to nuclear power stations to withstand the changes to our climate.
He said: "The floods of last month, and the collapse of bridges, show us how much a resilient infrastructure matters. Protecting ourselves against negative impacts, and also taking advantage of the benefits of a changing climate, is all part of building Britain’s future.
"The UK’s engineering sector is vital to tackling this challenge and is well-placed to lead in designing and engineering climate resilient and low carbon infrastructure for global markets, as well as the UK."
Last summer Defra published the Climate Change Projections 09, based on Met Office science.
These illustrate the extent of the changes the UK might face with warmer and wetter winters, hotter and drier summers, increased risk of coastal erosion and more severe weather events such as flooding and heat waves.
Already all ten of the hottest years on record globally have been since 1990, and the extreme weather experienced in recent years and most notably the flooding in Cumbria has tested the resilience of the country’s infrastructure.
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