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Using Climate Change Risk Assessment Wisely

Submitted by Élyse Fournier 10th August 2017 3:32



Risk assessment, a tool widely used in most industries to identify and manage various potential risks, is proving to be particularly successful in managing climate change risks. Such an assessment was completed by EirGrid, Ireland’s public electricity Transmission System Operator (TSO) and ESB Networks (ESBN), Ireland’s Transmission Asset Owner (TAO). Flooding was identified as the main risk for the transmission network, therefore, EirGrid and ESBN have initiated remedial projects to mitigate this risk, basing their investment decisions on screening techniques. The risk assessment also helps the companies develop policies and procedures to ensure that new transmission equipment is robust enough to endure expected climatic conditions, to take climate change into consideration during the site-selection process, and to develop an adaptation plan for the electricity sector, as required by law.

At a Glance

Industry sector: Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer
Type of resources: Generic
Type of energy: Electricity
Adaptation type: Management Insurance and financial risk management
Organization: EirGrid ESBN
Organization type: Utility