Copernicus project

Copernicus Climate Change Service, a research centre of the European Union, develops forecasts for the climate of the future. NEN mapped for this centre which information designers of standards need about the climate of the future. For this we approached a large number of European stakeholders that work on standards for buildings and infrastructures in the energy and transport sectors.

Even as the objectives of the Paris agreement will be met, in the next decades temperatures will rise, and we will face extreme precipitation, storm or drought more often. This has an influence on buildings and infrastructures. As these are often designed for a lifetime of fifty to a hundred years, or more, it is important that in the design the weather conditions that can occur in this timeframe are being taken into consideration. This is called ‘adaptation to climate change’.

Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) has been established by the European Commission, with the aim to produce authoritative projections about the future climate of Europe. This information is expected to be available as of 2019 for the whole of Europe. C3S has the ambition that designers of infrastructures will make use of these projections. Therefore C3S asked NEN to identify what kinds of data and information is needed for standards of infrastructures.

In this survey experts have been consulted who work on standards for infrastructures in the transport- and energy sectors, and buildings. The main focus is on experts who participate in European commissions for standardization, but also stakeholders from financing organizations and insurance companies have been approached. NEN acts as project leader, and works together with the Dutch Meteorological Institute KNMI and the energy consultancy BMGI. The results will be used in the mandated project 'Adaptation to Climate Change'. In addition the survey links closely to the project evolution of Eurocodes (the European standards for safety of construction works), and developments in the framework of the Dutch national adaptation strategy. The survey started in August and will be finalized soon.

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The role of standardization

Standardization is an handy tool to capture climate data in a consistent way, and to easily exchange information about that. Standardization avoids that people invent the wheel again and again.

Take a look at the developments:

European developments

Mandated project ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’

Buildings and infrastructure (e.g. railroads, pylons, telecom towers) are priority sectors in the EU strategy on adaption to climate change. It is if key importance that the European standards that define the design and operation of these sectors take climate change into account.

In a mandated project commissioned by the EC to CEN/CENELEC (the European organization for standardization), and led by NEN, an inventory has been made of relevant European standards. Following this inventory, 13 standards will be revised to improve the resilience to the adverse effects of climate change. Read more >>

Copernicus project

Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S), a research programme of the European Union, develops projections of the future climate. NEN is currently investigating for C3S which climate information is needed by designers of standards for infrastructures. A broad range of stakeholders has been consulted, with a focus on designers of infrastructures for energy and transport, and buildings. The ultimate goal of the project is that in the future these infrastructures will be resilient to the effects of a changing climate, such as rain, storms, extreme droughts and floods. Read more >>

RESIN-project ‘Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures’

RESIN is a large programma financed by the European Commission. The objective of the project is to make European cities and vital infrastructures resilient to climate change. A special point of attention is the standardization of the procedures for determination of vulnerability of buildings, streets and squares and of possible adaption measures, as well as procedures to measure the effectiveness of measures taken. NEN has an important role in the (determination of) standardization activities. Read more. >>

International developments

Also at a global international level (ISO), developments are going on in the field of adaption to climate change. Within ISO/TC 268 'Sustainable cities and communities' and ISO/TC 207/SC 7 'Greenhouse gas management and related activities' different standards are being developed. Examples are a standard for 'Vulnerability Assessment' and 'Indicators for Resilient Cities'. NEN participates in both TC's. Read more >>

National developments

City Deal voor klimaatbestendige steden

Op nationaal gebied heeft NEN aansluiting gezocht bij de ‘City Deal voor klimaatbestendige steden’. Het is een initiatief van het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu. Een aantal publieke partijen, zoals gemeenten en waterschappen en zeven (semi-)private partijen, waaronder Heijmans, Netherlands Water Partnership en Rotterdam Centre for Resilient Delta Cities doen hieraan mee. Met de City Deal willen de partijen de komende vier jaar een praktijkleeromgeving en kraamkamer voor innovatie zijn.