Climate change could affect our energy systems, and thereby our energy security, in several ways: by altering energy demand, disrupting energy supply and damaging energy infrastructure. To deal with these threats, the energy sector needs to develop resilience through technological solutions, flexible management practices as well as preventive emergency preparedness and response measures.
The 6th Forum on the Climate-Energy Security Nexus: Emerging Best Practices and Lessons for North America in Enhancing Energy Sector Resilience built on past Nexus fora and focussed on the North American context, particularly on the power and oil and gas sectors, and highlighted resilience best practices, innovative financing models that facilitate resilience-building investments, and needs and opportunities for policy interventions.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Judith Bossé, Natural Resources Canada
César Contreras Guzmán, Secretaría de Energía México
Craig Zamuda, US Department of Energy
1. Climate Risks Faced by the North American Energy Sector
Speakers in this session provided an overview of the climate risks facing the North American energy sector and discussed the availability and role of data and modelling to identify, assess, and prioritize risks.
2. Best Practices in Building Resilience into Energy Infrastructure
In this session, speakers presented case studies to highlight best practices in building resilience into energy infrastructure, from risk identification and assessment to resilience-building actions.
3. Investing in Resilience Infrastructure
In this session, speakers discussed different ways to finance resilience-building actions, as well as the regulatory challenges for approving resilience investments.
Janet Peace, C2ES
Sarah Keyes, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Kristin Ralff Douglas, California Public Utilities Commission
Becca O'Brien Kuusinen, McKinsey & Company [Related reports: Financing change: How to mobilize private-sector financing for sustainable infrastructure; How the world’s economies can help shape climate-adaptation approaches]
4. Tour de table / Roundtable
In this open moderated session, all participants were invited to briefly share insights and perspectives from their region and sector.
5. International Perspectives and Collaboration
Speakers shared lessons from international perspectives, including best practices in resilience building activities and collaboration.
6. Wrap-up session: gaps and opportunities
A facilitated roundtable discussion identified remaining gaps, opportunities, and suggested action items to build on the momentum of the workshop.
- IEA Resilience page
- Nexus Summary
- 5th Nexus Forum: Policies and Practices
- 4th Nexus Forum: Water and Energy
- 3rd Nexus Forum: Electricity Sector Resilience
- 2nd Nexus Forum: Cities and Insurance Industry Issues
- 1st Nexus Forum: Implications for Business
- Making the energy sector more resilient to climate change (COP21 brochure)