Europe’s energy system vulnerable to effects of climate change – EEA report
Clean Energy Wire
Europe’s entire energy system from availability to consumption is potentially vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). “To secure reliable supply of clean energy, Europe’s energy system needs to adapt and become more climate resilient,” the EEA says in a press release. In Central Western Europe, which includes Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux states, climate change has mainly negative impacts on offshore energy production, thermal power plants, power grids and electrical substations. On the positive side, it will likely reduce heating and cooling demand (see graph). The report also compares how the energy system is covered in key national adaptation documents.