The first Adaptation Plan for the energy networks (electricity and gas) sector, has been prepared under the National Adaptation Framework and was approved by Government on 22 October 2019.
Our climate is changing and ensuring all parts of our society are ready to adapt to this change is a key priority for the Government. We must become fully engaged in confronting climate disruption, alter our behaviours and work collaboratively across all sectors to bring about the required transformation. As climate change continues and if, as predicted, it increases over the coming decades, the electricity and gas networks sector must prepare for, and adapt to, these new conditions in line with the Adaptation Framework.
Tackling climate change will take the effort of our entire society and the electricity and gas networks sector is no different. As these changes continue and if, as predicted, increase over the coming decades, the energy sector must prepare for, and adapt to, these new conditions. By identifying areas of vulnerability now, steps can be taken and measures put in place to avoid or minimise future adverse impacts within the sector and to exploit opportunities. Ultimately this Adaptation Plan can be viewed as a first step towards reducing vulnerability and building resilience in the sector. It has been useful in stimulating discussion and thinking from the public and interested stakeholders on the very important area of climate change adaptation in the energy networks (electricity and gas) sector, a sector at the very centre of the commercial and social heart of the country.
The Climate Action Plan 2019 noted that the need for adaptation to address the current and future risks posed by a changing climate is both urgent and essential to successfully transition to a climate resilient economy and society by 2050. This Government will be taking the lead in developing a climate adaptation strategy for all of our key sectors across the board and this Adaptation Plan should be viewed as a key first step on the journey towards reducing vulnerability and building resilience in the energy networks (electricity and gas) sector. The Department looks forward to continuing the work started by this Plan in the coming period and making sure the energy electricity and gas networks sector is as ready as possible for any challenges our changing climate may pose.