The changing environment has implications for asset management. Chris Bennett

Are you investing enough in addressing the climate change risks to your assets?

The World Bank is a major financer of infrastructure and other development projects, providing some US$59 billion in funding to developing countries in 2016-17. Climate change is an acute threat to global development and efforts to end poverty. Without urgent action, climate change impacts could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030. The World Bank has a goal of investing 28% of its financing into activities which address climate change—over US$ 15 billion a year.  Climate resilient infrastructure will play a key role in this goal. The presentation will share experiences from the World Bank projects on how to use asset management to make more climate resilient infrastructure.

Chris Bennett is a Lead Transport Specialist for the World Bank and the Advisor for the transport sector on addressing environmental, social, health and safety (ESHS) issues. As ‘Cluster Leader’ for the Pacific Islands, Chris oversees a portfolio of over 25 aviation, land and maritime projects in nine countries. Addressing the challenges of climate change is a key consideration, and Chris has led key initiatives on integrating climate change into asset management decisions, as well as how to address climate change risk in performance based contracting.  As ESHS Advisor, he is helping to minimise the negative social and environmental consequences from projects.

Gold Sponsors

At Calibre, we understand the challenges faced by public works organisations today and are committed to providing solutions that are locally appropriate and sustainable in the long-term.  We work collaboratively with clients to fulfil their legislative and business improvement requirements and serve the interests of all involved communities.  From delivering viable and cost-effective buildings and infrastructure, to providing proactive planning or asset management solutions, our team of specialist practitioners can help you implement your best investment.


GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.
Privately owned by our people, GHD provides advisory, engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients across five continents. Focused on creating lasting community benefit, our connected global network of 9000 people delivers projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics.
Committed to sustainable development, GHD provides innovative solutions for the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which we operate.

Lonrix Ltd is an agile team with offices in New Zealand and India dedicated to the development of software that makes a significant impact to our clients’ business. Our focus is on innovative use and display of data to drive more informed decisions related to planning and budgeting. Our flagship product is JunoViewer, with its associated Field Inspection Tool and JunoViewer App – a complete framework for developing web-and-mobile based asset management systems.

Silver sponsor

Downer is a leading provider of services to customers in markets including transportation, mining, energy and industrial engineering utilities, communications and facilities. At Downer, customers are at the heart of everything we do. By truly understanding and predicting their needs, we bring world leading ideas to transform possibilities into reality. It’s the trusted relationships we build with our customers, colleagues and communities that allow us to create and sustain our modern environment.

After Dinner Speaker – Clarke Gayford

After graduating from NZ Broadcasting School, Clarke Gayford created student show Cow TV. Presenting gigs followed for music channel C4, United Travel Getaway, and Extraordinary Kiwis. In 2016 he swapped his radio mike for a speargun to launch Fish of the Day, a Choice TV show about his lifelong passion. In 2017 Gayford became NZ’s ‘first bloke’, when partner Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister.

Bronze sponsors

Wellington Water is a shared service, council-controlled organisation jointly owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council. We manage the three water networks (drinking water, stormwater and wastewater) on behalf of our client councils and provide advice on how best to invest in their future development.

We employ approximately 200 staff, and manage expenditure on behalf of our clients of approximately $175 million per annum, to maintain and develop water assets worth $5.8 billion.


Elevo is a professional drone service company providing asset owners with a quick, safe and cost-effective way to visually assess the condition of their elevated assets.
Using the latest in drone technology we can provide visual and thermal imagery, geolocated and organised ready for your engineers to assess and action.
We have extensive experience gained from inspecting over 2000 structures including schools, train stations, office buildings, bridges, flare stacks, warehouses and factories.
Elevo is based in Wellington, but able to mobilise across the country. We are CAA Part 102 Certificated (expected November) and fully insured.