November 27, 2018

Climate Change and Asset Management – A Sustainable Service Delivery Primer

Publish Date
November 2018
Asset Management BC

Climate Change and Asset Management – A Sustainable Service Delivery Primer was developed in partnership between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, UBCM and Asset Management BC. The Primer introduces an approach for integrating climate change considerations throughout the asset management process.

For many asset intensive services, climate change makes it more difficult to deliver desired levels of service. It amplifies risk and increases costs required to manage these risks.

The greatest impacts are to transportation systems, buildings, water management systems, and marine infrastructure. These assets represent the majority of local government infrastructure assets.

Climate change will also impact natural assets, which play a critical role in service delivery for all communities. Wetlands, creeks, deltas, foreshore areas, forests, groundwater aquifers, and other natural assets are all vulnerable to the effects of climate change. However, these natural assets can also provide opportunities to increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change and carbon storage to mitigate changing climate.

The Primer has been written for staff of local governments. It provides an overview of the following topics:

  • Key concepts
  • Why integrate climate change response with asset management
  • How to integrate climate change response throughout the AM process

This Primer is a companion document to Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery, A BC Framework (the Framework) and builds on concepts from the Framework.

For more information, visit Asset Management BC.


  • Emergency Risk Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Water and Wastewater