Date: Tuesday, 25 February
Location: Room 29, Energy Academy Europe
Climate change is upon us and its impacts are getting more severe. We must adapt. What does that mean for our future energy mix? Will the new energy sector be resilient enough?
The global energy sector faces a double challenge in the next 20–30 years. Not only does the sector need to be fundamentally transformed into a low carbon energy supply system in response to climate change mitigation and related policies, it also needs to adapt to climate change and its effects to ensure that energy supplies remain secure and reliable.
Since 2010, there has been a growing interest in impact studies that explore options and their associated costs to reduce the vulnerability of the energy sector to climate change. We invited Adam Humphreys to talk about the research he conducted in Chile on climate adaptation needs, in light of the country’s transition from coal to renewables.
- Get to know the ins and outs of The Global Center on Adaptation
- Learn more about the synergy between climate adaptation and the energy transition
- Examples of climate adaptation in the energy sector
Climate change affects the energy sector in multiple ways, ranging from changes in seasonal and annual heating and cooling demands; to risks and opportunities on energy production and supply conditions. Risks include modifications in power plant’s efficiency rates, problems with cooling water and damage to energy infrastructures caused by extreme weather phenomena. Furthermore, energy infrastructure can be more exposed to damages by changing climate conditions.
Therefore climate adaptation plays a big role the energy transition. That is why we asked The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) to co-host this event. GCA acts as a solutions broker, bringing together governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and knowledge institutions that can address the obstacles slowing down adaptation action.
This event is a public event organized by the Energy Academy and is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.