Mandated project ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’

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.

Climate change can have big consequences for buildings and infrastructures such as railroads, sewage water systems, communication-systems and pylons. Damage of these, can disrupt society. Therefore, infrastructures are a priority in the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change. As almost all infrastructures in Europe are built according to European standards, it is important to take into account how these standards deal with the effects of climate change. The mandated project is directed at buildings, energy infrastructures and transport infrastructures and consists of 2 phases.

Phase 1

In Phase 1 of the project (2015-2017) an inventory has been made of European standards in the three priority sectors, resulting in a list of 13 relevant standards. Examples are standards for climate control in buildings, safety of networks for gas transport, and the design of datacenters. Of the selected standards, 12 are existing standards, and one new standard will be developed.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, the selected standards will be revised in a way that they can get the label ‘climate resilient’. In order to facilitate the process of revising the standards, a practical guideline will be developed. This will give the standard writers information about availability and use of climate data and methods for risk-analysis as well as terms and definitions. A kick-off meeting of Phase 2 is planned in February 2018.

Adaptation to Climate Change Coordination Group

In order to coordinate the activities of the project, an ‘Adaptation to Climate Change Coordination Group' has been established (ACC-CG). This group is chaired by Mr. Mingyi Wang (GDV, German Association of Insurance Companies), and NEN holds the secretariat.

More information

More background information can be found on the CEN webpage.

Questions?

For questions about the organization or the program you can contact Ab de Buck, Industrie en Veiligheid (015) 2 690 269 en Caroline van Hoek, Milieu en Maatschappij (015) 2 690 303 or you can send an e-mail.
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For questions about the organization or the program you can contact Ab de Buck, Industrie en Veiligheid (015) 2 690 269 en Caroline van Hoek, Milieu en Maatschappij (015) 2 690 303 or you can send an e-mail.
Send Caroline an e-mail

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.