• Client: European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Implementation period: 2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
  • Geographic coverage: Europe

How resilient is the European energy system to future climate change?

This project is addressing the issue of climate change adaptation and the energy system. Increases in extreme weather events, and ambient temperatures, sea level rise, changes to wind patterns and water levels and availability will each have important impacts and pose risks to the energy system. The energy system is vulnerable in different ways in different places, depending on the climate and characteristics of the energy system and many other factors. There is also considerable variation in what could and should be done, and also with what is actually taking place through policies and actions by actors in and around the energy system. This study intends to explore each of these issues to understand the key risks, state of response and what more could and should be done, and sharing good practice from existing actions.

This work follows on from a scoping study prepared for the EEA in 2017-18. The goal of the work is to provide the basis for a full EEA publication on this topic in 2019.

The key objectives within the project are to:

  • To understand the key climate risks and vulnerabilities of the energy system;
  • To provide a comprehensive review of existing policies and actions being taken to make the European energy system more resilient to climate change;
  • To host an expert workshop on this topic at the EEA in Copenhagen.

The project is led by Trinomics in collaboration with Arcadis. The project will run until November 2018.