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Risk Assessment of Gas Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure in the UK

This Ouranos case study explores how the UK National Grid Gas plc has taken steps to improve its resilience by producing a risk assessment.

Summary

Power transmission and distribution infrastructure might become more vulnerable to the impact of climate change, such as flooding, river erosion, and rising temperatures. In the UK, National Grid Gas plc has taken steps to improve its resilience by producing a risk assessment. The analysis indicates that overall National Grid Gas plc’s assets and processes are resilient to climate change. In many cases, adaptation actions are already in place to manage the impacts of climate change. In this case study, National Grid Gas plc also acknowledges that climate adaptation is an evolving science. Hence a flexible approach was adopted, allowing the reassessment of risks as further information becomes available.

Key take-aways

  • Climate adaptation is an evolving science and a flexible approach allows the reassessment of risks as further information becomes available.
  • Further research and collaborative work are required to better understand potential climate change-related scenarios and their impacts.

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