EU follows advice to ‘climate proof’ infrastructure plans: New technical guidlines on the manner of “climate proofing” future infrastructure projects as well as help investors make knowledgeable conclusions on those considered compatible with the Paris Agreement & EU climate goals has been issued by the European Commission.

Climate proofing is a method that combines climate change alleviation and adaptation measures toward the advancement of infrastructure projects.

The guidelines adopted outlines universal principles & practices concerning the identification, classification as well as management of physical climate dangers during planning, establishing, executing & observing infrastructure projects & programmes.

It will help establish climate concerns in future investment and development of infrastructure schemes like buildings, network infrastructure & built systems and assets for the time during 2021 – 2027.

With the effects of climate change presently having consequences for assets and infrastructure with lengthy lifetimes such as railways, bridges or power stations, the Commission estimates it is crucial to clearly identify – therefore to invest in – infrastructure that is ready for a climate neutral as well as a climate tough future.

The procedure is split into 2 pillars – mitigation, adaptation – and 2 phases – screening, detailed analysis – & the documentation and verification of climate proofing forms is believed a vital part of the reason for making investment decisions.

Particularly, for infrastructure that has a lifespan past 2050, the advice orders that the process, maintenance & closing decommissioning of any plan should be performed in a climate neutral way, that may contain circular economy considerations, like materials recycling or repurposing.

The Commission said: “The guidance adopted today will thus help the EU deliver the European Green Deal implement requirements under the European Climate Law & make EU spending greener.

“It is aligned with a greenhouse gas emission reduction pathway of -55% net emissions by 2030 & climate neutrality by 2050; follows the ‘energy efficiency first’ & ‘do no significant harm’ principles; & fulfils requirements set out in the legislation for several EU funds.”

EU follows advice to ‘climate proof’ infrastructure plans

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