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Strategic Approach to Climate Change Resilience

Submitted by Élyse Fournier 10th August 2017 16:10



South Africa’s power company, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., has adopted a holistic, integrated risk-based approach to understand and respond to the challenges associated with climate change. Its approach involves research with national climate change centers not only to understand, produce and use climate data but also to better understand operational thresholds that are sensitive to climate factors. Asset managers are encouraged documenting and sharing climate-related impacts and resilience measures they put in place in the integrated risk management system via adaptation case studies. Corporate climate change specialists support and shape this process with guidance and tools. This approach led Eskom to conclude that additional capital investments are required to ensure energy security in an environment of increased water scarcity. 

At a Glance

Industry sector: Generation Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer
Type of resources: Generic
Type of energy: Electricity
Adaptation type: Informational Climate services Management Insurance and financial risk management Re-organization and governance Physical New generation, carrying and transformation capacity
Organization: Eskom
Organization type: Utility